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Country Focus: Iceland Shining Northern Lights

If you loved Woman At War, Rams, Of Men And Horses or Sparrows then you are already a fan of Icelandic cinema. The land of ‘fire and ice’ has an enviable reputation as a small country whose cinema has made a massive impact on the world stage. Dramatic landscapes forged by volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs create the perfect backdrop to films in which extremes of weather and geography reflect the soul of an island nation. Our biggest ever country focus offers a chance to catch the very finest Icelandic films of the past year including the UK premiere of The County from Rams director Grímur Hákonarson, Ysra Roca Fannberg’s documentary The Last Autumn, and international award-winners Echo and A White, White Day starring the magnificent Ingvar Sigurdsson. The visually arresting Eden and heartfelt mother-daughter drama Agnes Joy also feature, as well as a range of classics that include a salute to the Icelandic music scene and a rare chance to see Björk’s acting debut in a new restoration of The Juniper Tree (1990).

Films in this Festival Strand

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5-6 March

101 Reykjavik (18)

An iconic piece of Icelandic cinema, back on the big screen for its 20th anniversary

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3-4 March

A White, White Day (N/C 15+)

A stunning drama told with understanding, humour and heartbreak.​

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4-5 March

Agnes Joy (N/C 15+)

A universal story of family dynamics and teenage rebellion

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27-29 February

Dive: Rituals in Water (N/C 8+)

A lovely, intimate documentary celebrating a remarkable individual and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face

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28-29 February

Echo (N/C 12+)

The great circle of life is acknowledged and celebrated in this film that captures the way we live now

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3-4 March

Eden (N/C 18+)

This is a visually arresting piece of filmmaking with an honest love story at its heart.

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2-3 March

Pity the Lovers (N/C 15+)

An enjoyable confection filled with wry insight into love, pain and the whole complex business of being human.

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5-6 March

Screaming Masterpiece - 35mm (12A)

Presented on stunning 35mm print, this is an immense and cinematic ode to Icelandic pop music.

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Seeing the Unseen (N/C 15+)

This powerful and poetic documentary portrays the role autism plays in the lives of 17 Icelandic women.

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27-28 February

The County (12A)

A hugely atmospheric crowdpleaser that will have you cheering the indomitable underdog

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27-28 February

The Juniper Tree (N/C 12+)

A feminist slant upon the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale which follows two sisters wandering the Icelandic wilderness after their mother is burned as a witch

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1-2 March

The Last Autumn (N/C 8+)

A poignant tale steeped in the sounds and atmosphere of the landscape and a way of life that is vanishing.

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