The 7th Les Arcs European Film Festival has awarded the Crystal Arrow for Best Film to Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows, and this decision was echoed by the Press Prize. In addition, Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, who was recently announced as a Shooting Star for 2016, was named Best Actor, and Sophia Olsson picked up Best Cinematography.
These latest accolades extend a strong festival run this year for Sparrows. Notable wins include the Silver Hugo Award in the New Directors competition at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival, the Golden Shell Award for Best Film at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and Best Film in the 1-2 Competition at the Warsaw Film Festival. In total, the film has won 10 international awards.
Sparrows follows Ari, 16, who has been living in the city with his mother for the last five years. When she leaves for Africa to supervise a research project, Ari is forced to move back to his small hometown in rural Iceland to live with his father Gunnar who spends most nights drinking.