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

The Days The Flowers Blossom Set For Christmas

Writer Jonas Gardell, director Simon Kajser and producer Maria Nordenberg return to SVT this Christmas with their latest collaboration, three-part drama The Days The Flowers Blossom (De dagar som blommorna blommar), which unfolds over the late 1970s, early 1990s and present day. The drama follows Erik, Mikael and Benny as they become friends and neighbours in a suburb of Stockholm in the 1970s. Through their eyes we witness the love, loss and pain experienced across the decades by the Munksås,

Asger Leth Connected With Jakob Ejersbo’s Liberty

Director Asger Leth has revealed that five-part drama Liberty, which premieres as part of the Berlinale Series sidebar of the Berlin International Film Festival (15 – 25 February), reflects some experiences that he shares with Jakob Ejersbo, upon whose novel and childhood the series is based. Asger Leth says: "My father lives in Haiti, and has done for over 30 years. I came to Haiti for the first time when I was 12-13 years old... So I've also lived a life

Atlantic Crossing Reveals Story Of Princess Märtha

NRK's forthcoming eight-part drama Atlantic Crossing (Alt for Norge), based on the true story of Crown Princess Märtha's influence upon World War II, has been awarded a production incentive of over NOK 27,000 by the Norwegian Film Institute. Atlantic Crossing is an inspiring story of how Crown Princess Märtha of Norway escaped from Nazi occupation to become an influential figure in world politics, living in the White House and determined to convince President Roosevelt to join the war. Showrunner and director Alexander

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