Archive for September, 2006

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Reykjavik International Film Festival opens tonight by gazing at the stars

Thursday, 28 September 2006

riff logo - lundinnThe third edition of The Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) opens tonight with the Iceland premiere of The Queen by Stephen Frears. By far the largest festival ever to be held in Iceland, it will screen over 90 films in eleven days. Festival highlights include Cannes Jury Prize winner Red Road, Golden Bear winner The Road to Guantanamo, hot doc Zidane-a 21st Century Portrait, controversial Chinese film The Summer Palace, Golden Globe winner Paradise Now and Lars Von Trier’s latest, The Boss of it All. Guests include directors Goran Paskaljevic, Atom Egoyan and Aleksandr Sokurov, with a selection of their films to be screened in special retrospectives. Festival director Hrönn Marinósdóttir, who´s convinced city authorities to turn off the city lights for half an hour on the opening night and thus enabling the inhabitants to gaze at the stars, has stated that the festival’s aim is to be the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries.

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Iceland submits Children to the Oscars

Thursday, 21 September 2006

Börn posterChildren (Börn) by Ragnar Bragason has been selected as Iceland’s official submission for the best foreign language film Oscar at the 79th annual Academy Awards. The low-budget ensemble film, set in modern day Reykjavik, premiered in Iceland on September 9th to ecstatic reviews, and will debut internationally at the upcoming San Sebastian Film Festival. A companion piece, Parents, will appear in January.