Iceland’s Stockfish Film Festival announces programme & focus

Iceland’s Stockfish Film Festival is about to kick off in Reykjavik, and the film festival has announced its programme as well as the special focus of the year, which will be on female filmmakers.

At the festival, Iceland’s Society of Women in Filmmaking will present a study analysing the number of women filmmakers involved in films being released in Icelandic cinemas. The festival’s director, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, who directed the Oscar-nominated Children of Nature (1991), will present four works in progress by Icelandic female directors.

The Stockfish Film Festival takes place between the 23rd of February and 5th of March.

Here are all the Nordic films screening as part of the festival:


The Day Will Come

Directed by Jesper W. Nielsen

The Day Will Come is a movie about an orphanage where violence and humiliations is a part of the everyday life. The history is based on real stories from a boy home called ‘godhavn’, where lots of boys were victims of violent and sexual abuse and medical experiments.

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The Other Side of Hope

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

Opening the festival

A poker-playing restaurateur and former travelling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived from Finland.

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Glacial Land

Directed by Gunnlaugur Þór Pálsson, Anna Dís Ólafsdóttir & Jóhann Sigfússon

The retreat of glaciers is one of the most obvious sign of climate change. Europe’s largest glacier, situated in Iceland, is the main focus of this film as scientists examine the ice caps, glaciers sands as well as the impact of global climate change on earth glaciers, rising sea levels and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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High Voltage

Directed by Ólafur Rögnvaldsson

The world is intact in Skagafjördur. The district in Iceland’s northeast is a place where rivers meander through imposing valleys and sheep graze on green meadows. Only a few people live here, in small settlements or on farmsteads. But in 2012, that idyll was destroyed. The Icelandic electric grid company Landsnet planned a prestige project for the region – a high-voltage transmission line that would run 110 kilometres, connecting the Blanda hydroelectric plant with the town of Akureyri. Opposition soon arose among the area’s residents. The gigantic utility towers not only deface the landscape, they also present a health danger to animals and humans and therefore threaten both farming and the important tourism industry. The determined local landowners enter into a years-long dispute with a large concern that has mastered every lobbying gimmick in the business.

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The King’s Choice

Directed by Erik Poppe

On the 9th of April 1940, the German war machine arrives in the city of Oslo. The Norwegian King faces a choice that will change his country forever.

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A Serious Game

Directed by Pernilla August

Once Lydia was the innocent girl – a daughter of a painter – that young journalist Arvid fell in love with out in the archipelago. Or did he? Did he fall in love with the idea of what love is supposed to be? In its clearest, most untainted form. The beauty of love, the match made in heaven, the love at first sight. Arvid feels that he wants to make an importance in the world and make a clear break from his social background. His ambition stands in the way of marriage and the love slips away. A decade has passed since they first set eyes on each other. Now both are married. Yet not with each other. They meet again and end up having an affair. An affair that forces the couple to reflect upon the time passed, how different they both have become and how far away from each other they actually are. The consequences of their affair are unforeseeable. In the hands of Lone Scherfig one of the most celebrated stories of Swedish literature has become a heartbreaking, humorous and erotic tales.

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Sami Blood

Directed by Amanda Kernell

Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

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The Yard

Directed by Måns Månsson

A poet and writer gets fired from his job at a local newspaper after writing a review of his own work. To make ends meet he gets a job at the shipyard, a world completely different from the one he is used to.

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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.