Toni Erdmann (2016)
I Was a Dreamer (2016)
King of the Belgians (2016)
The Ornithologist (2016)
My Life as a Courgette (2016)
Things to Come (2016)
The Unknown Girl (2016)
previous
next
Choose your language en | es | fr | it

FESTIVALS Iceland

email print share on facebook share on twitter share on google+

The Icelandic Panorama presents eight new films in Reykjavik

by 

- Scottish director Graeme Maley will present his second feature shot in Iceland, Pale Star, at the Icelandic film festival

The Icelandic Panorama presents eight new films in Reykjavik
Pale Star by Graeme Maley

Although Iceland, with its population of 330,000, produces up to six features annually, it is foreign directors who are in the majority in the Icelandic Panorama at the 13th Reykjavik International Film Festival, which opened last week (29 September). The festival’s programme is aimed at “building a bridge between Icelandic cinema and international filmmaking”.

The showcase was launched by the French-Icelandic co-production, The Together Project [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, directed by Sólveig Anspach and co-scripted by the director and France’s Jean-Luc Gaget. The title sets the tone for the selection, with the other seven entries all featuring local companies in their credits.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)Cine Iberoamericano Int

Scottish director Graeme Maley will, this year, present his second feature shot in Iceland, following his debut film, A Reykjavík Porno [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
. Maley’s sophomore project, Pale Star, will be screened at the festival. The film features the tragedies of two couples colliding against the dramatic Icelandic landscape. Solveig kills her husband, who abuses their daughter, Molly flees her drunken husband, and they end up in the same house.

German director Till Endemann is exploring the darker side of Reykjavik in Iceland Crime –Mystery of Westfjords, in which a local crime novel writer investigates the, apparently accidental, death of a school friend. In Northern Experience, French director Gurwann Tran Van Gie attempts to examine the impact of the Icelandic landscape on a writer and an artist.

Estonian director Mart Kivastik’s When You Least Expect It is described as a “melodramatic comedy – a love story between two hopelessly lonely people”, while Icelandic director Pétur Einarsson’s Ransacked follows the 2008 collapse of the Icelandic banking sector, and how hedge funds, which bet on the crash, made millions in profits.

Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who was to have been among the festival’s guests honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, has had to cancel his Reykjavik visit for health reasons; he will be replaced by his actor son, Brontis Jodorowsky, who has worked extensively with his father, performing in his El Tope, among others. The younger Jodorowsky will hold a master class, run in conjunction with the screenings of his father’s latest films,Endless Poetry [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and The Dance of Reality [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, the first two in a series of five films based on cinematic memories of the director’s life.

The festival’s main national focus will be on Polish cinema, including eight of the country’s recent features (featuring Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski’s titles Floating Skyscrapers [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
festival scope
film profile
]
and United States of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
film profile
]
, and Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10-part television series, The Decalogues, based on the Ten Commandments, among others). There are also special programmes with films from two nearby Nordic locations, the Faroe Islands (population: 50,000) and Greenland (57,000).

Unspooling between 6-8 October, the RIFF Industry Days will centre on Icelandic film composers, who have, in recent years, collected several major international awards for their work. There will also be the usual presentation of Icelandic works-in-progress (feature films, documentaries and shorts in various stages of production) and The Amazing Location Trip, a six-hour tour of Iceland to visit the shooting locations of such US productions as Batman Begins (2005), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Game of Thrones (2011), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), Interstellar [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
 (2014) and Noah (2014).

Home Sweet Home
 

latest news

 

more news

Newsletter

Follow us on

facebook twitter rss

Les Arcs