Iceland’s Rams heading for Karlovy Vary
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Three Icelandic, two Norwegian and two Swedish films have been selected for the Czech festival, which runs from 3-11 July
Icelandic director Grimur Hákonarson’s Rams [+see also:
interview: Grimur Hakonarson
film profile], which received the top prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes – Iceland’s first win ever on the Côte d’Azur – will continue its tour on the festival circuit to the Horizons section at Karlovy Vary, which runs from 3-11 July.
After its world premiere at Cannes, the Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson starrer picked up the Special Jury and the Audience Awards at Romania’s Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca (29 May-7 June).
Hákonarson’s second feature is the story of two brothers who have lived side by side in a remote valley without talking to each other; now they must join forces to save what is dearest to them: their sheep.
Icelandic director Dagur Kári's Virgin Mountain [+see also:
film profile], which added three prizes at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival – the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature (Kari), Best Screenplay (Kari) and Best Actor (Gunnar Jónsson) – to its Audience Award from the Copenhagen International Film Festival, will screen in Karlovy Vary’s Another View sidebar. Icelandic director Jörundur Ragnarsson’s short Chum is also on the programme.
Norwegian director Bobbie Peers, whose short Sniffer (2006) won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, will be in the spa city with his scriptwriter, Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, and lead actor, August Diehl, for the international premiere of his feature debut, The Disappearing Illusionist [+see also:
interview: Bobbie Peers
film profile]. Based on a real-life event that took place in 2003, when a German magician disappeared during a holiday in Norway – after having been last seen carrying two glasses of beer in a bar – it will show in Another View.
Norwegian director Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel and his 32-minute short Bird Hearts are included in “Ten New Filmmakers to Follow: Future Frames”, a new festival section instigated with European Film Promotion. The three-day event (5-7 July) introducing young European directors who have just finished their first projects also boasts Swedish participation, in the form of Jerry Carlsson’s All We Share.
Polish-based Swedish director Magnus von Horn’s feature debut, The Here After [+see also:
interview: Magnus von Horn
film profile], which had its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, will unspool in Another View. It stars Swedish pop artist Ulrik Munther in his first film role as a 17-year-old boy returning home to his father from prison. But the local community has neither forgotten nor forgiven his crime. Zentropa Sweden’s Madeleine Ekman and Lava Films' Mariusz Wlodarski staged the Swedish-Polish-French co-production.