Several Icelandic films to screen at the Göteborg Film Festival

Several Icelandic films are scheduled to screen at the Göteborg Film Festival, which will be held from January 23 – February 8 in Göteborg, Sweden.

Paris of the North, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, will compete with seven other Nordic films for the Dragon Award, the festival’s top honor. The Dragon Award includes a monetary prize of 1 million SEK, which is said to be the largest cash award given by any film festival.

Life in a Fishbowl, by Baldvin Z, and the short film Playing with Balls, by Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, will screen in the Nordic Light: Panorama section. The documentary Time and Time and Again, by Ragnheidur Gestsdóttir and Markús Thór Andrésson, will screen in the Nordic Light: Art section.

Two Icelandic projects currently in post-production – Sparrows, by Rúnar Rúnarsson, andRams, by Grímur Hákonarson will be presented in the Works in Progress section.

The 10-episode TV series Trapped and the two-part TV movie The Homecoming will be presented in the TV Drama Vision seminar. Trapped is currently in production and is directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Baldvin Z, Óskar Thór Axelsson and Börkur Sigthórsson. The Homecomingis currently in post-production and was written and directed by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson.

Yet two more films – Olaf de Fleur’s City State II: Brave Men’s Blood and Anton Sigurdsson’sGraves & Bones – will screen for distributors, buyers and festival programmers in the Nordic Film Market.

The Icelandic comedian Ari Eldjárn, whose performance last year was well received, will return to host this year’s Dragon Awards gala.

For further information about the Göteborg Film Festival and its program, visit the festival’sofficial website.


From 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.