Icelandic cinema continues to dominate

The two major Icelandic film releases of the year, Sparrows and Rams, have continued to do well in international film festivals. Last week, Sparrows received the top award from the 1-2 Competition Section at the 31st Warsaw Film festival. The film, directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson, was awarded for its ‘masterfully and poetically crafted journey of an anti-hero, up to an unforgettable humanistic ending’ (which we think is a fantastically over-the-top way of describing the film, which revolves around a boy forced to go and live with his father in remote Iceland). This award comes less than a month after Sparrows won the Golden Shell in San Sebastian. Despite this, the film has only done mediocre in Iceland, ranking tenth in cinema releases.

Meanwhile Rams, directed by Grímur Hákonarson, has won the Hampton International Film Festival’s Best Narrative Feature Film Award and Zurich’s Golden Eye to its line-up of competitive prizes. The film has done well in Iceland, selling more then 200,000 tickets.

Statistics and quotes from the Nordisk Film and TV Fund

Interviews with both directors will be available in our December magazine

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.