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 […]

Nordic Admissions: Slow Summer Start But In Iceland Life is Beautiful

The football World Cup and early invasion of Hollywood tentpole films are putting pressure on local films across the Nordic region, except in Iceland where Life in a Fishbowl (pictured – Vonarstraeti) has become the best-selling film of 2014. After six weeks on screens, the multiple layered drama directed by Baldvin Z was still third […]

Life in a Fishbowl Most Watched Film (in Iceland) this Year

Vonarstræti (Life in a Fishbowl), directed by Baldvin Z, is the most watched film in Iceland so far this year, surpassing The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, according to a press release from distributor Sena. A total of 40,000 Icelanders have seen the film, which has so far grossed ISK 55 million (USD 483,000, EUR 354,000). The film, starring Hera […]

Of Horses and Men picks up Brussels film award

Icelandic movie Of Horses and Men has picked up the Golden Iris Award for best film at the Brussels Film Festival in Belgium. The Benedikt Erlingsson-directed movie centres on Icelandic horses, and the men and women who live and work alongside them, through the horses’ perspective. Love, death and tragedy are all interlaced with each other on […]

Runarsson to shoot Icelandic fjords drama

EXCLUSIVE: Runar Runarsson, the director of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011 selection Volcano, will start shooting his second feature in Iceland on July 14. The new film, Sparrows, will shoot for six weeks — briefly in Reykjavik and then primarily around Flateyri, Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík in the west fjords of Iceland. The story follows a 16-year-old Icelandic […]

Icelandic Film in Online Film Fest

“We made this film for very little money and the dream has always been to give those who put their heart and soul into this project something in return,” says Lára Guðrún Jóhönnudóttir, producer of the short film Jón Jónsson. The film was selected for participation in the internet film festival, Viewster. Lára says that […]

101 Reykjavik Author Linked To Danish Comeback

Icelandic’s reputed painter and author Hallgrimur Helgason who was twice nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize (101 Reykjavik and Rokland) is attached to the Danish comedy Comeback currently filming in Denmark for veteran producer Morten Kaufmann (The Hunt). Helgason’s first screenplay originally written in English has been readapted for the Danish market by comedian/writer […]