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Icelandic film performs well locally at the box office in 2017

The Nordisk Film og TV Fond has published an article about Icelandic cinema admissions in 2017, and it shows that Iceland films were popular among locals.

The horror film I Remember You and the comedy Under the Tree drove the market share to a record 11.2%, compared to 6.6% in 2016.

This is the first time that two Icelandic films have been the biggest hits of the year, and the fourth consecutive year that an Icelandic director has topped the film charts.

I Remember You, directed by Oskar Thór Axelsson and based on the novel by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tells the story of a man and woman who move into a small abandoned town in Iceland to renovate an old house. However, the town has a dark history. The film posted an estimated gross of ISK 76.5 million from 47,368 admissions.

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s Under the Tree is a black comedy about a neighbours dispute over a tree that spirals out of control. We gave the film a five-star review, which you can read here. Under the Tree made ISK 67.7 million from 42,427 admissions.

To see the Icelandic Admissions charts click here

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.