Icelandic films pick up 100 international awards in 2015

Rams (2015)
Rams (2015)

Everyone knows (and loves) the Icelandic films that came out in 2015 – Rams, Virgin Mountain and The Grump just to name a few. Overall, Icelandic films managed to pick up over 100 international awards at film festivals in all corners of the globe. Putting it into perspective, during 2014 they won 34 awards and in 2013 they picked up 31 awards.

The big winners are Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams, which won 22 awards including the Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Best Film at Zurich, and Best Nordic Narrative at Lubeck. Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows picked up 10 awards (which is impressive considering its October release) including Best Film at San Sebastian and Best Film at Warsaw. Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain picked up 14 awards including the Nordic Council Film Prize and three different awards at Tribeca. These films are still on the festival circuit.

Read our interviews with these three directors in our new magazine, plus our video interview with Kari from the Nordic Film Days. 

You can read the full list of winners at the Icelandic Film Centre website


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.