Woman At War Selected For Cannes Critics Week

Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð), the second feature by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), has been selected for the 57th La Semaine de la Critique sidebar (9 - 17 May) of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will receive its world premiere. The film follows Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), an independent woman in her late 40s, who declares war on the local aluminium industry. She resorts to sabotage and is willing to risk everything to protect the

Two Jón Atli Jónasson Thrillers Invited To Cannes

Two crime thrillers by Icelandic playwright and screenwriter Jón Atli Jónasson (The Deep) have been invited to the inaugural CannesSeries (8 - 11 April). Violator has been selected for the In Development sidebar, whilst Arctic Circle will appear at the MIPDrama Buyers' Summit. Co-written by Ragnar Jonsson, Violator has been selected as one of twelve projects shortlisted from 344 submissions for the In Development sidebar, a two-day creative forum that provides screenwriters and producers the opportunity to pitch, finance and find

AMC Networks Strikes Deal With Iceland Prisoners

Icelandic drama Prisoners (Fangar) has revealed on its Facebook page that a deal was struck with AMC Networks at Berlinale to bring the show to North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand via its Shudder and Sundance Now streaming services. Prisoners, which won a record ten Edda Awards on Sunday, follows a woman whose life is turned upside down when she is incarcerated for a vicious assault that leaves her father in a coma. However, she harbours a dark secret that could

Prisoners & Under The Tree Sweep Edda Awards

At the Reykjavik Hilton on Sunday, the Icelandic Film and Television Academy presented the 19th Edda Awards, which were dominated by hit drama Prisoners (Fangar) with ten wins, and Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson's feature Under The Tree (Undir trénu) with seven. Among its accolades, Prisoners was named Best Drama and Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir was presented with Best Supporting Actress. However, the most moving moment of the evening came in Pétur Ben's acceptance speech for Best Original Score, during which his remembrance of

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