And Breathe Normally (Andið eðlilega), the debut feature written and directed by Ísold Uggadóttir, has won the HBO Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 20th Provincetown International Film Festival in the USA, to add to its World Cinema Best Director accolade at Sundance, and the FIPRESCI prize in Göteborg.
The film is set on Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland where Lara (Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir) works as a border patrol officer at the Keflavík airport. One day on the job, Lara spots a suspicious passport, resulting in Adja (Babetida Sadjo), a female refugee from Guinea-Bissau, being detained.
Days go by as Adja is held in a state of limbo, and the two women’s paths continue to cross in the small town. Despite resentment and cultural differences, the women find a unique bond that rests on a moment when Lara is faced with a crucial decision.
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