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Modern Icelandic Cinema: Children of Nature (Börn náttúrunnar)

Thu, Nov 21 / 7 pm
Sat, Nov 23 / 3 pm
Directed by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
1991, Iceland, 82 min
Screenings introduced by Steve Gravestock

Opening Night Reception organized by the Consulate General of Iceland. Book Launch of  A History of Icelandic Film by Steve Gravestock, 6 pm, November 21st at PLATFORM & Artspace Lobby.

All screenings Nov. 21-23 introduced by curator Steve Gravestock, Senior Canadian and International programmer for Toronto International Film Festival.  

The aged Thorgeir bids a silent farewell to the farm he has devoted his life to, preparing to move in with his daughter in Reykjavik. Receiving a chilly reception from his family, he is whisked off to a retirement home where he is reunited with an old flame. This lyrical, affecting road movie put Iceland on the world cinema map and is the only Icelandic film ever nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (who died in February) appears as an angel – a semi-reprise of his role in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire four years earlier.


Wayward Heroes: Modern Icelandic Cinema

Icelandic cinema is exploding around the world. Immediately following the triumph of black comedies like Rams at Cannes, films by directors such as Dagur Kári, Rúnar Rúnarsson, Hlynur Pálmason and Ísold Uggadóttir picked up prizes at major festivals around the world. Legendary TIFF programmer and writer Steve Gravestock is coming to Winnipeg for three days to launch a new book – A History of Icelandic Film which explores the great riches of Icelandic cinema from the silent era to the present day. The sporadic production from the ‘20s to the ‘70s gave way to the “Icelandic Spring” of the ’80s, with international inroads being made in the ’90s. Magic-realist fables, bloody Viking epics, sardonic deadpan comedies, and hard-boiled Nordic noirs, a remarkable evolution from the ’80s to contemporary Iceland.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Steve Gravestock of TIFF, Consulate General of Iceland, the Icelandic Embassy, Gimli Film Festival, and Frank Zappia, Zappia Group Realty.

         

       

Reviews

A magical fable, that is intelligent and unsentimental. -Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews Iceland's Oscar-nominated feature should put its director on the international map. - EmanualLevy.com
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