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Rams collects 11 Edda Awards


- Having already garnered 17 international prizes, Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson has now cleaned the table at the Icelandic Film & TV Academy ceremony

Rams collects 11 Edda Awards
Director Grímur Hákonarson on stage at the 2016 Edda Awards (© Kári)

Launched at last year’s Cannes International Film Festival, where it received the Un Certain Regard Award, Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams [+see also:
film review
film focus
interview: Grimur Hakonarson
film profile
 has so far pocketed another 16 prizes on the international festival circuit – and yesterday (28 February), it added another 11, when the Icelandic Film & TV Academy presented the national Edda Awards at a televised gala in the Reykjavik Hilton Nordica Hotel.

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Hákonarson also wrote the story of two brothers who live side by side in the remote valley of Bárdardalur, but who have not spoken in 40 years. Now they are forced to set aside their feud to save what is dearest to them: their sheep stock and prized rams.

Rams won for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing – and Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson were awarded for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

The Eddas for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress went to Steinunn Ólína Thorsteinsdóttir and Birna Rún Eiríksdóttir for their performances in Baldvin Z’s TV series Case: Ritual of Abduction. Baltasar Kormákur’s mystery-thriller Trapped left with the Edda for Best TV Series.

Here is the full list of the 2016 Edda Award winners:

Best Feature
Rams [+see also:
film review
film focus
interview: Grimur Hakonarson
film profile
Grímur Hákonarson

Best Director
Grímur Hákonarson – Rams

Best Actor
Siðurdur Sigurjónsson – Rams

Best Supporting Actor
Theodór Júlíusson – Rams

Best Actress
Steinunn Ólína Thorsteinsdóttir – Case: Ritual of Abduction (Baldvin Z)

Best Supporting Actress
Birna Rún Eiríksdóttir – Case: Ritual of Abduction

Best Original Screenplay
Grímur Hákonarson – Rams

Best Cinematography
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen – Rams

Best Editing
Kristján Loðmfjörð – Rams

Best Musical Score
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Guðnadóttir and Rutger Hoedemækers – Trapped

Best Special Effects
Sigurjón F Garðarsson, Daði Einarsson and RVX – Trapped

Best Costume Design
Margrét Einarsdóttir and Ólöf Benediktsdóttir – Rams

Best Hair and Make-up
Kristín Júlla Kristjánsdóttir – Rams

Best Sound Design
Huldar Freyr Arnarson and Björn Viktorsson – Rams

Best Production Design
Bjarni Massi Sigurbjörnsson – Rams

Best Documentary
What’s So Remarkable About It? – Hakka Kristín Einarsdóttir

Best Short
Rainbow Party – Eva Sigurdardóttir 

Best TV Fiction
Trapped – Baltasar Kormákur

Honorary Edda
Make-up artist Ragna Fossberg


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