SALÓME wins Best Nordic Documentary Award at Nordisk Panorama

The Icelandic documentary Salóme, directed by Yrsa Roca Fannberg, was chosen as Best Nordic Documentary at Nordisk Panorama, the annual festival that celebrates the best of Nordic short films and documentaries. Salóme is the first Icelandic documentary to win the award.

It is an especially personal project about a daughter who returns to Iceland to film her mother, who is ill and may not have much time left. The mother is reluctant to participate in the film, but the daughter is persistent. It is a film about life and art, understandings and misunderstandings, and the relationship between two artists – the subject of the film and the filmmaker herself.

Salóme has now screened at two film festivals, winning awards at both of them – the first being the audience award for best film at the Icelandic documentary festival Skjaldborg. Next on the schedule for Salóme are the Szczecin European Film Festival in Poland, the Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali in Colombia and IFFEST Document.Art in Bucharest, Romania.

Salóme was written, directed and shot by Yrsa Roca Fannberg. Ms. Fannberg also edited the film along with Stefanía Thors, Federico Delpero Bejar and Núria Esquerra. The film was produced by Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir for Skarkali Productions and co-produced by Emelie Carlsson Gras and Marta Andreu. Ólöf Arnalds composed the film’s score.

via the Icelandic Film Centre

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.