Life in a Fishbowl and Paris of the North are the frontrunners for Iceland's Edda
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Baldvin Z and Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson are both nominated in 12 categories for Iceland’s national film prize
Icelandic directors Baldvin Z’s Life in a Fishbowl [+see also:
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On Friday (6 February), it was announced that they are both nominated in 12 categories, including Best Film (Icelandic Film Company/Kjartansson, Zik Zak Filmworks), Best Director, Best Script (Baldvin Z, Birgir Örn Steinarsson/Huldar Breidfjörd), Best Cinematography (Jóhann Máni Jóhannsson/Magni Ágústsson) and Best Actor (Thorsteinn Bachmann/Helgi Björnsson).
“The best Icelandic film in history,” declared the country’s leading daily, Fréttabladid, after the domestic opening of Life in a Fishbowl, a local blockbuster that was launched internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival, later snagging the top prizes at Lübeck and Tallinn. Paris of the North was premiered in competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Icelandic director Olaf de Fleur Johannesson’s Brave Men’s Blood [+see also:
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The Cliff 2: Depth of Darkness, a four-part crime series from Pegasus, got four nominations, including Best TV Fiction, and is up against Sagafilm’s The Girls 5, which received two. Icelandic director Yrsa Roca Fannberg’s first documentary, Salomé – which was named Best Nordic Doc at last year’s Nordisk Panorama – is among the nominees for Best Documentary.