Seminci to analyze Icelandic cinema through 17 titles

‘Of Horses and Men’

27/7/2017.- Iceland will be the protagonist of the retrospective cycle that the Valladolid International Film Week will inorganize at its coming 62nd edition, from 21 to 28 October, in collaboration with the Icelandic Film Center.

The cycle will comprise a total of 17 feature films as a sample of this splendid age of Icelandic cinema. Notwithstanding the lack of extensive film production, the success of some of its productions has managed to place this small country -with a little more than 320,000 inhabitants- on the international cinematographic scene.

Most of these directors have not yet reached 50 years of age. To mention some of them along with those already acknowledged are Baltasar Kormákur, one of the most veteran filmmakers; Ragnar Bragason, or the director Valdís Hákonarson, among others.

In its latest editions, the Seminci has programmed and awarded prizes to various Icelandic titles: Volcano, by Rúnar Rúnarsson, which won the Prize in the Meeting Point Section in 2011; Revolution Reykjavik by Isold Uggadóttir, Golden Spike for Best Short Film in 2012; and Baldvin Z’s Life in a Fishbowl, included in the Meeting Point Section in 2014. In the 60th edition, two Official Section titles were awarded prizes: Rams, by Grímur Hákonarson, took the Golden Spike, and Fúsi (Virgin Mountain) by Dagur Kári, won the Best Actor award for Gunnar Jónsson’s performance.

The selection of these 17 films ranges from Cold Fever (1995), by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson to The Together Project (2016), by director Sólveig Anspach, who participated in the official section of the festival in 1999 with Haut les coeurs! The series includes other significant titles, such as 101 Reykjavik (2000), starring Victoria Abril, as well as the winners of different international contests Nói Albinói, Hross í oss (Of Horses and Men) or Heartstone.

The cycle will exhibit the following titles:

Cold Fever (Á köldum klaka), Fridrik Thór Fridriksson (1995)

 101 Reykjavik, Baltasar Kormákur (2000)

 The Seagulls Laughter (Mávahlátur), Águst Gudmundsson (2001)

 Noi the Albino (Nói Albinói), Dagur Kári  (2003)

 Cold Light (Kaldaljós), Hilmar Oddsson (2004)

 The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela (Hinn undursamlegi sannleikur um Raquelu drottningu), Olaf de Fleur, 2008

 Country Wedding (Sveitabrúdkaup), Valdís Óskarsdóttir (2008)

 Jitters (Örói), Baldvin Z (2010)

 Undercurrent (Brim), Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, 2010

 Our Own Oslo (Okkar Eigin Osló), Reynir Lyngdal, 2011

 Either Way (Á Annan Veg), Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, 2011

 Volcano (Eldfjall), Rúnar Rúnarsson (2011)

Of Horses and Men (Hross í oss), Benedikt Erlingsson (2013)

 Metalhead (Málmhaus), Ragnar Bragason (2013)

 XL, Marteinn Thorsson (2013)

 Heartstone (Hjartasteinn), Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, (2016)

 The Together Project (Sundáhrifin), Sólveig Anspach (2016)

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