Iceland’s PRISONERS wins ten Edda Awards

The Icelandic television drama Prisoners has won ten Edda Awards, which is the annual film and television awards in Iceland. Their wins include TV Fiction of the Year, Editing of the Year and Cinematography of the Year.

Prisoners is directed by Ragnar Bragason and follows Linda, who is sent to serve time in Iceland’s only women’s prison after she is accused of an assault on her father, which left him in a coma fighting for life. However, the case is not that simple, with Linda keeping a dark family secret hidden. As she spends time in the prison, we get to know the other prisoners and their backstories.

Prisoners has just been picked up by AMC Networks in the USA.

We interviewed the creators of Prisoners, which you can read here. 

The other big winner of the night was the comedy Under the Tree, which won seven prizes including Director of the Year and Screenplay of the Year. Under the Tree follows the escalation of a neighbour dispute over a shadow cast by a tree. We interviewed the director, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, for our new magazine, which you can preorder here.

Read the full list of winners below:


Feature Film
Under the Tree – Dir. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson. Production company: Netop Films.

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson – Under the Tree

Huldar Breidfjörd, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson – Under the Tree

Actor in a Leading Role
Steinthór Hróar Steinthórsson – Under the Tree

Actor in a Supporting Role
Sigurdur Sigurjónsson – Under the Tree

Actress in a Leading Role
Edda Björgvinsdóttir – Under The Tree

Actress in a Supporting Role
Steinunn Ólína Thorsteinsdóttir – Prisoners

TV Fiction
Prisoners – Dir. Ragnar Bragason. Production company: Mystery Productions.

TV Show
Prisoners – Dir. Ragnar Bragason. Production company: Mystery Productions.

Short Film
Atelier – Dir. Elsa María Jakobsdóttir. Production company: The National Film School of Denmark.

Beyond Strength – Dir. Baldvin Z. Production company: Glassriver.

Valdís Óskarsdóttir, Sigurdur Eythórsson, Sverrir Kristjánsson – Prisoners

Árni Filippusson – Prisoners

Original Score
Pétur Ben – Prisoners

Visual Effects
The Gentlemen Broncos, Alexander Schepelern, Emil Pétursson, Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson – Under the Tree

Helga Rós V. Hannam – Prisoners

Áslaug Dröfn Sigurdardóttir – Prisoners

Huldar Freyr Arnarson, Pétur Einarsson, Dadi Georgsson – Prisoners

Production design
Heimir Sverrisson – Prisoners

ÍKSA Honorary Award
Gudný Halldórsdóttir

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.