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Modern Icelandic Cinema: When the Raven Flies (Hrafninn flýgur)

Sun, Nov 24 / 3 pm
Sat, Nov 30 / 7 pm
Directed by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson
1984, Iceland / Sweden, 110 min
Icelandic with English subtitles

The first film in director Gunnlaugsson’s epic Viking trilogy, opens as a young Irish boy witnesses the slaughter of his parents and the kidnapping of his older sister by marauding Viking warriors. Years later, the now-grown boy, known as Gest, arrives in Iceland seeking to exact vengeance. Evoking memories of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo and Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (as well as the Mad Max series, in its creepy, BDSM-suggestive costume design), this starkly violent and enormously entertaining riff on the spirit of the Icelandic sagas drew the vocal praise of none other than Ingmar Bergman, whose son Daniel served as assistant director on the film’s equally exhilarating sequel, Shadow of the Raven.


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 – 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

In this energetic, Sergio Leone-style, mythological story, a young Irishman sets out to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of the Vikings. When Gest (Jacob Thor Einarsson) was just a little boy in Ireland, his pacifist parents were brutally murdered and his sister kidnapped by Viking raiders, and now that he has come of age, he travels to Iceland and traces the helmeted rogues to their encampment.
- Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
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