Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson on “Paris of the North”

Filled with deadpan humour and a brilliant soundtrack, Sigurðsson once again tells a story of two people forced together in isolated surroundings. Here Hugi, a teacher in a small village in the east of Iceland, receives a visit from his father, Veigar. While Hugi tries to discover what to do with this life – while […]

The Best of Icelandic Cinema (With Subtitles): Screenings at Bíó Paradís

 In the four years since Bíó Paradís opened, the cinema has become a hub for Icelandic independent films as well as others that would not be shown elsewhere. In 2010, Programme Director Ása Baldursdóttir started ‘Cool Cuts,’ a summer series of Icelandic films with English subtitles. Though certainly a boon for tourists interested in Icelandic […]

Icelandic world and European premieres at Karlovy Vary

Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s second feature, Paris of the North, will have its world premiere in competition for the Crystal Globe at the 49thKarlovy Vary International Film Festival, which is unspooling in the Czech Republic from 4-12 July. Screening on 8 July, Sigurdsson’s follow-up to his award-winning Either Way (2011) is part of an Icelandic festival package that […]

Sweden, Denmark, Norway in Running for LUX Prize

  The top ten films in the Official Selection for the LUX Prize 2014 were announced yesterday at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Sweden, Denmark and Norway got the following films included in the selection: White God, by Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary, Germany, Sweden) Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland, Denmark) Turist (Force majeure), by Ruben Östlund (Sweden, Denmark, France, Norway) The […]

Scandinavian Film Festival brings Nordic noir down under

Denmark is the happiest country on Earth. Never mind the weather; according to numerous studies – including the European Union’s “Eurobarometer” well-being survey, the Gallup World Poll, the United Nations’ World Happiness Survey and Oprah Winfrey – life in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen is exactly that. Finns, on the other hand, have the world’s best education […]

Blind around the world

Norwegian director Eskil Vogt’s feature debut Blind, which has been nominated for seven Amandas – Norway’s national film prize – will screen at five international festivals this month (July), starting in Karlovy Vary-Czech Republic between 4-12 July. The Ellen Dorrit Petersen-Henrik Rafaelsen starrer is among the 10 European films selected for the Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now! sidebar; […]