SPARROWS wins best film at San Sebastian

Rúnar Rúnarsson’s new feature film Sparrows has won the Golden Shell award for Best Film at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. This comes just a couple weeks after Sparrows had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sparrows is a film about Ari, a sixteen year old living with his mother in Reykjavik. He is suddenly sent back home to live with his father in the remote West Fjords. His relationship with his father has become difficult, and his childhood friends have changed.

The film was written and directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson, and is his second feature after Volcano, which premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. His short film 2 Birds (2008) also premiered at Cannes, and his earlier short The Last Farm (2004) was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Sparrows is the second Icelandic film in recent years to be awarded at San Sebastián. In 2013 Benedikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses and Men  won the Kutxa-New Directors Award.

Find more information about Sparrows at the Icelandic Film Centre

View the trailer below:



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.