Icelandic films have won four prizes at the 60th Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain over the weekend. Grímur Hákonarson’s film Rams won three prizes: the festivals best film, the audiences youth award, and Grímur Hákonarson shared ‘Best New Director’ with Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
When accepting the three awards, Rams‘ producer Grímar Jónsson gave a speech in Spanish despite not knowing a word in that language. He spoke of the time when Spaniards refused to purchase saltfish from Iceland unless Icelanders in turn bought wine from Spain. That would not have presented a problem, but for the fact that this was during the prohibition years in Iceland. (source: Iceland Review)
Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain won best actor for Gunnar Jónsson, who plays the films leading character.