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 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared review: Mark Kermode

There’s a hoary old gag that Scandinavian humour is no laughing matter. Appropriate, then, that this picaresque Swedish revisiting of the central riffs of Forrest Gump offers scant laughs as our explosive anti-hero pinballs his way through the highlights of 20th-century history, his path variously crossing with those of Franco, Stalin, Truman, Oppenheimer and Reagan. Instead we get […]

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 […]

The Nordic answer to Forrest Gump: BBC Review of the 100 Year Old Man

It’s an eccentric tale with an even more arresting title. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared, by author Jonas Jonasson, sold six million copies and has been translated into 38 languages since it was originally published in his native Sweden in 2009. Now it’s hoped the story will […]

Trailer out for ‘The Absent One’

THE ABSENT ONE is the second installment in the Department Q franchise based on the bestselling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen and stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas (A SECOND CHANCE, 2014) and Fares Fares (TYRANT, 2014- and ZERO DARK THIRTY, 2013). The two reunite as Carl and Assad and will be joined by acclaimed actors Pilou Asbæk […]