No Golden Bear In Berlin For Erik Poppe Utøya Movie

Erik Poppe's account of the 2011 shootings on the island of Utøya missed out on the Golden Bear in the main competition programme of the Berlin Film Festival, which went to Adina Pintilie's Touch Me Not, but is content with the exposure his work was afforded. On 22nd July 2011, far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik detonated a van in Oslo killing eight people, then shot dead 69 people at a summer camp on the island of Utøya. U – July 22,

Artist Lola Arias Fires Allegation At The Square

Oscar nominated The Square has become embroiled in an argument between director Ruben Östlund and the namesake of a character used in his film. The Square is named after an artwork created by Ruben Östlund and Kalle Boman, but in the film it is attributed to an artist known as Lola Arias. However, Argentinian performance artist Lola Arias has accused Ruben Östlund of using her name without consent. She told SVT: "Since the film's premiere, curators, artists and journalists have asked

Stellan Skarsgård Begins Filming Out Stealing Horses

The movie adaptation of Per Petterson's best-selling 2003 novel Out Stealing Horses (Ut Og Stjæle Heste), written and directed by Hans Petter Moland (A Conspiracy Of Faith), begins filming this week with a budget of €4.1m. 67 year old widower Trond (Stellan Skarsgård) has moved to a small rural community with his dog after losing his second wife. Here he plans to celebrate the millennium alone, but he discovers that he has a neighbour who knew him back in the summer

Daníel Bjarnason Wins Nordic Composers Award

During a gala ceremony at the Nordic Embassies in Berlin Sunday, Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason was named as recipient of the 8th HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award for his score to Under The Tree (Undir trénu), directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. Although Daníel Bjarnason was unable to attend the ceremony, artistic manager Edna Pletchetero accepted the winner's statuette on his behalf, designed by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and crafted by Icelandic goldsmith Kjartan Örn Kjartansson. The award winner was decided by an

Prisoners Sets New Record At Iceland’s Edda Awards

The Icelandic Film and Television Academy has revealed its nominees for the 19th Edda Awards, which will be presented during a gala ceremony at the Reykjavik Hilton on 25th February. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson's Under The Tree (Undir trénu) leads the film entries with twelve nominations, including Best Film and Best Director, with Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir’s debut feature The Swan (Svanurinn) earning nine nominations. Meanwhile, Prisoners (Fangar) has secured a record fourteen Edda nominations, including Best Director and Best Screenplay, but for Best