The fifth Arava International Film Festival is about to kick off, with two major Icelandic films screening there. The festival features the finest in contemporary international and Israeli cinema, films for children and teens, short movies, and movies that were shot during the past year in the Arava.
Rúnar Rúnarsson of Iceland will present his award-winning film, Sparrows, about a teenage boy who has to leave the city and live with his drunken, resentful father in a small village.
Another Icelandic director, Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, will attend the screening of his latest film, Heartstone, a coming-of-age drama about two teenage boys.
The fifth Arava International Film Festival will take place from the 24th of November to the 3rd of December in the Ashush nature reserve, in the Tzukim community. Films are screened in the evening outdoors.
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.