Hlynur Pálmason’s Godland (Volaða land) has been named as Iceland’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards.
Set in the late 19th century, Danish priest Lucas makes the perilous trek to Iceland’s southeastern coast with the intention of establishing a church. There, the arrogant man of God finds his resolve tested as he confronts the harsh terrain, temptations of the flesh, and the reality of being an intruder in an unforgiving land. What unfolds is a transfixing journey into the heart of colonial darkness attuned to both the majesty and terrifying power of the natural world.
The Icelandic Oscar Jury said in a statement: “Godland is a multifaceted film that challenges the viewer by asking universal questions about the existence and purpose of man in a brave and persistent way… Despite delving into serious and daunting themes, (it) is punctuated with moments of humor, revealing a profound depth and sensitivity in its storytelling.”
“In perfect sync with Pálmason’s storytelling, Maria Von Hausswolff’s cinematography renders the island’s landscape with audacious authenticity and stunning – if unseen – artistry. Through her lens, Iceland’s nature emerges as both unyielding and exotic, simultaneously frightening, unwelcoming and wet, yet utterly stunning and captivating without ever becoming sentimental or exaggerated.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce its shortlist for the 2024 Oscars on 21st December with its final selection of five films to be presented on 23rd January. The winner will be announced at the 96th Academy Awards on 10th March 2024 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.