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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).

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