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Paris of the North, the new film from Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (Either Way), has been selected for the main competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The festival, one of the oldest in the world, will take place in the spa town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic from July 4-12. This will be the world premiere of Paris of the North.

Icelandic films have enjoyed great success in recent years at Karlovy Vary. Last year Marteinn Thorsson’s XL was also selected for the main competition, with lead actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson winning the festival’s best actor award. In 2007 Baltasar Kormákur’s Jar City won the festival’s prestigious main prize, the Crystal Globe.

In Paris of the North, the character of Hugi has found shelter from life’s complexities in a small and isolated village. When Hugi’s distant father suddenly turns up, his quiet life is interrupted.

Paris of the North was directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson and written by Huldar Breidfjörd. It stars Björn Thors, Helgi Björnsson and Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir. It is produced by Sindri P. Kjartansson for Kjartansson and Thor Sigurjonsson for Zik Zak Filmworks, and co-produced by Guillaume de Seille, Jacob Jarek, Ditte Milsted, Tobias Munthe and Skúli Malmquist.

Of Horses and Men, the acclaimed film from director Benedikt Erlingsson, has also been selected for the festival; it will be screened as part of the Another View program. Of Horses and Men thus continues its long international journey, having already taken part in more than 50 festivals and receiving 16 awards.

For further information on the festival and its selection click here.

via Icelandic Film Centre