The Icelandic crime drama Stella Blómkvist and the comedy Under the Tree have picked up the majority of the Edda Award nominations, with 8 and 12 nominations respectively.

Stella Blomkvist was nominated for Best Script Series, Best TV Series, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Heida Reed), Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costumes, Best Make Up, and Best Special Effects.

Based on a popular novel series written by the mysterious author Stella Blomkvist, the neo-noir crime drama follows Stella Blomkvist, a ruthless and cunning lawyer who takes on dangerous murder cases and breaks all the rules doing so.

Under the Tree is a comedy about a neighbourly dispute over a tree, and has had considerable festival success since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016. Under the Tree is nominated for a variety of awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Leat Actor & Actress.

The Edda Awards reward Icelandic film and television, and the winners will be announced on the 25th of February.

Here are the full list of nominees for the 2018 Edda Awards:

Best Feature Film

The Swan
Under the Tree
Winter Brothers

Best Children- and Youth programme
Summer Children
The Ark

TV Drama
Stella Blómkvist

Best Director
Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir – The Swan
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson – Under the Tree
Ragnar Bragason – Prisoners

Best Screenplay
Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir – The Swan
Huldar Breiðfjörð og Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson – Under the Tree
Margrét Örnólfsdóttir og Ragnar Bragason – Prisoners

Best Leading Actor
Elliott Crosset Hove – Winter Brothers
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson – I Remember You
Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson – Under the Tree

Best Leading Actress
Edda Björgvinsdóttir – Under the Tree
Gríma Valsdóttir – The Swan
Heiða Rún Sigurðardóttir – Stella Blómkvist

Best Supporting Actress
Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir – Prisoners
Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir – Prisoners
Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir – Prisoners

Best Supporting Actor
Lars Mikkelsen – Winter Brothers
Sigurður Sigurjónsson – Under the Tree
Þorsteinn Bachmann – Under the Tree

Best Documentary
Háski fjöllin rumska
Out of Thin Air
Reynir the strong

Best Short film

Best Editing
Guðni Hilmar Halldórsson – Stella Blómkvist
Kristján Loðmfjörð – Under the Tree
Valdís Óskarsdóttir, Sigurður Eyþórsson og Sverrir Kristjánsson – Prisoners

Best Cinematography
Jakob Ingimundarson – I Remember You
Martin Neumeyer – The Swan
Árni Filippusson – Prisoners

Best Production Design
Haukur Karlsson – Stella Blómkvist
Heimir Sverrisson – Prisoners
Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson – Under the Tree

Best Sound
Björn Viktorsson, Frank Mølgaard Knudsen og Sylvester Holm – Under the Tree
Huldar Freyr Arnarson, Pétur Einarsson og Daði Georgson – Prisoners
Tina Andreas – The Swan

Best Special Effects
Kontrast, Davíð Jón Ögmundsson, Sigurgeir Arinbjarnarson og Arnar Jónsson – Stella Blómkvist
Pétur Karlsson – The Swan
The Gentlemen Broncos, Alexander Schepelern, Emil Pétursson og Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson – Under the Tree

Best Costumes
Eva Vala Guðjónsdóttir – Stella Blómkvist
Helga Rós V. Hannam – Prisoners
Sylvia Dögg Halldórsdóttir – The Swan

Best Original Score
Daníel Bjarnason – Under the Tree
Gunnar Örn Tynes og Örvar Smárason – The Swan
Pétur Ben – Prisoners

Best Make Up
Kristín Júlla Kristjánsdóttir – Out of Thin Air
Áslaug Dröfn Sigurðardóttir – Stella Blómkvist
Áslaug Dröfn Sigurðardóttir – Prisoners

Best TV programme

  • Prisoners
  • Stella Blómkvist
  • Promises
  • Foster Children
  • The Ark
  • Leitin að upprunanum
  • Opnun
  • Ævi
  • Ignite.

The neo-noir crime drama series Stella Blómkvist, produced by the Icelandic production
company Sagafilm, has picked up eight nominations for Eddan Icelandic Film and TV Academy Awards. Nominations include best scripted series, best TV series of 2017, and Heida Reed is nominated as best actress in a leading role for her portrayal of Stella Blómkvist.
Other nominations include Gudni Hilmar Halldórsson and Gunnar B. Gudbjornsson for best editing Haukur Karlsson for production design, Eva Vala Gudjonsdottir for best costumes, Aslaug Drofn Sigurdardottir for best make up and the special effects team at Kontrast received a nod for best special effects.
Stella Blómkvist is distributed worldwide by Red Arrow Studios International and was released 9th February in Scandinavia on Viaplay.

Sagafilm projects picked up five further nominations: the Netflix Original Documentary Out of Thin Air, a story of a criminal investigation which goes out of hand is nominated for the best documentary of the year and best make up. Road to the Right Career, a Sagafilm original format, is nominated as best factual series, for best live TV producer two Sagafilm projects are competing for the top
price, Jon Haukur Jensson for The Voice and Thor Freysson for Choirs of Iceland another
original Sagafilm format.

About Sagafilm
Sagafilm is the leading independent production company in Iceland for TV, Commercials and Feature Films with over 39 years of experience. Recent projects include Entertainment formats Road to the Right Carrier, Choirs of…, Treasured Tunes and Dance, Dance, Dance, TV Drama series
Stella Blómkvist (Viaplay Original Series), CASE (Netflix Original Series), Pressa (Cover Story), and cult comedy series Næturvaktin, Dagvaktin and Fangavaktin (The Night Shift, Day Shift and Prison Shift). Sagafilm has also produced the feature film Bjarnfreðarson (Mr. Bjarnfredarson) and co-produced Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead. Sagafilms factual and documentary department work regularly for international broadcasters, the most recent project Out of Thin Air was made for BBC Storyville, RUV and Netflix. TV series by Sagafilm have won the Icelandic Academy Awards “Eddan” for Best Scripted Series a record 10 consecutive times.

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is know based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.


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