• Reykjavik Film Festival unveils competition line-up

    Titles include Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear and Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma [pictured]; guests include Mike Leigh and Ruben Ostlund. The Reykjavik International Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5) has unveiled the 12 features in competition for the Golden Puffin award, reserved for first or second time directors. They include US drama Before I Disappear,

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  • Filmmakers launch new Iceland festival

    A group of film industry veterans is launching a new film festival in Iceland, Stockfish Film Festival. The inaugural festival is planned for Feb 19-March 1. The organisers, led by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, say they want the event to focus on “a focus on industry networking, showcasing home-grown talent and Iceland’s fabled locations

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  • ‘Life in a Fishbowl’ and ‘Of Horses and Men’ among the 50 films on the European Film Academy’s selection list for the European Film Awards

    The European Film Academy has announced the titles of the 50 films on this year’s selection list – the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2014. Among them are Life in a Fishbowl, directed by Baldvin Z, and Of Horses and Men, directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. Life in a Fishbowl tells three

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  • Strong Nordic Contenders At Prix Europa 2014

    Almost 20 Nordic TV programmes have been selected for the European broadcasters’ annual Prix Europa to be handed out on October 24 in Berlin. The award that distinguishes the best European television, radio and online productions each year has 23 European fiction series, serials or mini-series vying for the Best European TV drama of the

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  • Iceland’s Oscars Contender Picked

    Voting on Iceland’s contribution to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film next year has started. The nearly 500 members of the Icelandic Film and Television Academy (ÍKSA) can vote, ruv.is reports. There are four possible choices: Harrý & Heimir: Morð eru til alls fyrst by director Bragi Þór Hinriksson, Málmhaus by Ragnar Bragason, París norðursins by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson and Vonarstræti by Baldvin

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  • RIFF Announces Opening Film

    Land Ho! from the U.S. is the opening film at the 2014 Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF), running from September 25 to October 5. It’s a tale of friendship and adventure that chronicles two older men attempting to recapture their youth while on a trip in Iceland. So far, Land Ho! has reviewed excellent reviews, garnering acclaim for

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  • ‘We’re Number One!’ says Nordic Films

    Nordic films are enjoying an excellent start of the fall season on domestic screens. with one local production dominating the top charts in Denmark, Finland and Norway, respectively Niels Arden Oplev’s Speed Racing (Kapgang), Dome Karukoski’s The Grump and Hallvard Bræin’s Børning. In Sweden four local films are in the top 10 and in Iceland

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