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

A Better Life In The Country For Jesper Christensen

Jesper Christensen (The Legacy) stars in Michael Noer's powerful new movie A Better Life (Et bedre liv), which recently concluded filming on the Danish island of Zealand. A Better Life is set in the Danish countryside during the 19th century where its inhabitants face tough conditions and, with the prospect of yet another harsh winter ahead, farmer Jens (Jesper Christensen) has a difficult decision to make. If the family is to survive the winter, Jens must come to an agreement with the

Erik Poppe To Compete For Golden Bear In Berlin

Erik Poppe's film about the 2011 terrorist attack in Norway, U - July 22 (Utøya 22. juli), will compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition programme of the Berlin International Film Festival (15 - 25 February), where it will also premiere. 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. In August 2012 he was convicted of

Nine Robert Awards For Dominant Winter Brothers

During a gala ceremony hosted by Paprika Steen (Below The Surface) at the Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre in Copenhagen on Sunday, the Danish Film Academy revealed the winners of this year's Robert Awards (Robertprisen). Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre), which won awards at the CPH PIX and Locarno film festivals last year, swept the board with nine wins, including Best Film, Best Director for Hlynur Pálmason, Best Actor for Elliott Crosset Hove, and Best Supporting Actress for Victoria Carmen Sonne. The film follows