‘The Swan’ wins distribution prize in Naples

The Icelandic film The Swan has won the Distribution Prize at the Napoli Film Festival in Italy.

Directed by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, The Swan tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who is set to the countryside to work and mature, but instead she finds herself caught up in a drama she can hardly understand.

The jury says:

“Thanks to the elegant, sophisticated use of the cinematic medium, the film manages to communicate very complex emotions and concepts and to make the young protagonist’s perspective truly felt. There is an almost surreal synergy between the narrative threads, the actors’ performance, and the exceptional quality of the light, the colors, the Icelandic landscapes. In THE SWAN we hear the inner monologue of the soul, that which we have never written down but protectively, jealously even, kept within us. Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir has managed to recount and visualize a certain period of our lives so that it moves our very core and calls for the audience’s empathy. The Swan expresses the merciless yet maternal call of nature in man, with a story of existential growth on the lonely passage of life. We are invited into a dialogue with the visual narratives of Iceland, narratives that are easy to get lost in. And as adults, we cannot but take Sól’s courage as an example when we again enter into our everyday lives”.

The Distribution Prize secures cinematic distribution for the film throughout Italy. This is the films fifth international award – it has also won Best Film at the Cairo International Film Festival, Best Director at the Kolkata International Film Festival, a Special Mention at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and a Special Mention at the Skip City International D-Cinema Festival in Japan.

You can watch the trailer for The Swan 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.