Focus Iceland

3 Programs


About the Focus:

Icelandic cinema stands for diversity! And while the huge economic disaster is a central theme in many productions from the new millennium – particularly in ‘post crash’ films since 2008 that reflect Iceland’s role as the first victim in the worldwide financial crisis – an increasing number of directors are breaking with the historical film tradition of yearning for a distant past, choosing instead to show modern life, free of nostalgic tendencies.

That development has seen a wonderful line up of great films emerge this past decade, including the strong work of new directors such as Baltasar Kormákur (101 Reykjavik, Jar City, White Night Wedding), Dagur Kári (Noi der Albino) and Ragnar Bragason (Kinder, Eltern). And naturally there has also been an abundance of internationally successful films in recent years, such as those from Grimar Hakonarson (Bratrabylta - Wrestling) and Runar Runarsson (Smáfuglar - 2 Birds).

The collection of contemporary work addresses the diversity of individual destinies: Here people are shown in outsider roles, bravely pursuing their desires, (unwillingly) coming to terms with their fate or even entirely content with their role. At times hilarious, tragic, jovial or poignant – these films are peppered with unexpected twists and turns.

In addition, we’ll also be dedicating an entire programme to the Icelandic band Sigur Rós and their Valtari Mystery Film Project, in which international filmmakers created visually stunning pieces to complement the band’s rapturous and at times monumental post-rock compositions.


Alexander Stein, Heinz Hermanns, Sarah Dombrink

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