The Saga of Icelandic Cinema: ‘Cold Fever’

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In 1989, Jim Jarmusch was unable to attend the Reykjavík Film Festival screenings of ‘Mystery Train’. In his stead, he…

The Hardest Day Of The Year: Baltasar Kormákur’s ‘101 Reykjavík’

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“Christmas—the hardest day of the year.” Hlýnur (Hilmir Snær Guðnason) is dreading the traditional Icelandic Christmas dinner, rendered in Baltasar…

Best When Fresh: Erlingur Thoroddsen Brings Horror To Iceland

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The first movie the filmmaker Erlingur Thoroddsen remembers seeing is the 1989 Tim Burton/Michael Keaton ‘Batman’, at multiplex in the…

Baltasar’s Take on Taken: ‘The Oath’

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‘The Oath’ is something of a palette-cleanser for director and star Baltasar Kormákur, back in his own backyard after a…

RIFF Guide: What To See If You’re Into…

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The RIFF audience has a lot of decisions to make with a program than spans eleven days and screens over…

Last Splash: Didda Speaks About Sólveig Anspach

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Didda Jónsdóttir, who has played a frizzy-haired, pot-smoking hippie in four films by Solveig Anspach, remembers the first time she…

The Saga Of Icelandic Cinema: ‘Country Wedding’

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“It’s a film about two families that are forced to spend time together,” ‘Country Wedding’ director Valdís Óskarsdóttir explained to…

The Saga Of Icelandic Cinema: ‘Nói the Albino’

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Probably the most Icelandic moment in ‘Nói albínói’—and this is a very Icelandic movie, about Malt Extract, carrot cake, winter,…

The Saga of Icelandic Cinema: ‘Sódóma Reykjavík’

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That this boring fishing town could be any kind of Sin City is very much the joke. “Ó borg mín…

The Saga Of Icelandic Cinema: ‘Stella í Orlofi’

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‘Stella í Orlofi’ (“Stella on Holiday”) is known in English as ‘The Icelandic Shock Station’, though referring to the 1986…

The Saga Of Icelandic Cinema: ‘Rokk í Reykjavík’

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A legendary document of 101 cool in the pre-Inspired by Iceland era, rockumentary ‘Rokk í Reykjavík’ (1982) captures the ascendancy…

The Saga of Icelandic Cinema: ‘Land and Sons’

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There had been Icelandic movies before the 1980 release ‘Land and Sons’, but in the Saga of Icelandic Cinema they’d…

‘Keep Frozen’ : Tote That Barge! Lift That Bale!

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There are “oceans” of albums out there, says the crane operator—more music than he could ever listen to in his…

Written In The Stars: ‘O, Brazen Age’ at Bíó Paradís

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“Letting nostalgia wash over me—I find this extremely satisfying and also heartbreaking at the same time,” says Canadian writer-director Alexander…

2015: The Year The Icelandic Indie Film Community Awakened Some More, Potentially,

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Ísland, bezt í heimi! The biggest film of 2015—nay, the biggest film of ALL TIME (*projected)—was Icelandic, or anyway a…

Deconstructing The Three Dogateers: Paw-Teur Theory

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No cinematic genre testifies more urgently to the realities of contemporary American family life than the direct-to-video talking-pet movie. A…

The Fate Of Flateyri, On Film, At Bíó Paradís

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“The town is dying,” a then-24-year-old woman working at the Flateyri gas station told a Grapevine reporter, back in 2006….

MEET THE FILMMAKERS OF THE FUTURE: THEY’RE ALL GIRLS

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Among the films making their world premiere at this year’s Reykjavík International Film Festival are eleven five-minute shorts, made by…

HE CAME FROM WITHIN: RIFF’S Guest Of Honour David Cronenberg

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The Reykjavík International Film Festival may not unveil the season’s most anticipated premieres, or unfurl its longest, plushest red carpet,…

Five Takes On The Reykjavík International Film Festival, RIFF

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Two of our film guys watched some notable titles at the ongoing Reykjavík International Film Festival, RIFF, for your sake!…

RIFF’S Opening Fairy Tale: Bringing Reykjavík Up To Speed

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Almost exactly fifteen minutes into the 2015 Reykjavík International Film Festival, Salma Hayek will eat a sea monster’s heart. The…

Albatross: New Look, Same Great Taste

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Snævar Sölvason’s independent film ‘Albatross’ sits squarely within what’s sometimes jokingly referred to as Iceland’s signature cinematic genre: ninety minutes…

Film Review: Grímur Hákonarsson’s ‘Rams’

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In the lobby at Háskólabíó at present, among posters and standees for upcoming CGI disaster epics and comedy sequels, is…

RIFF 2014: Critic’s Picks

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‘Art and Craft’ dirs. Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker Mark Landis, one of the more prolific art forgers…

Meet The Directors!

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The Reykjavík International Film Festival (en.riff.is) runs through October 5, at Bíó Paradís, Háskólabíó, and elsewhere. The program encompasses features,…

The American Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Iceland

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The old man is describing how impressed he was with Geyser. “A cum shot to the sky,” he says, in…

Who is Alice Olivia Clarke?

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Aside from the leads, most of the actors in ‘Land Ho!’  are either Icelanders in service jobs, or people associated…

The Wolf Of Borgartún

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“Fuck the bankers who stole my money.” “Fuck the bankers who stole my money.” “I will make it all back…

Could Iceland Qualify For The World Cup?

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The rational answer to this article’s titular question is, “Probably not, no.” But rational probability has long since ceased to…

Documenting The Downfall

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In making ‘TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay—Away from Keyboard,’ Simon Klose spent several years following Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid…

Critic’s Pick

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Future My Love (Dir. Maja Borg) Anglo-Swedish experimental filmmaker Borg is first seen hitchhiking with a sign that says, ‘VENUS.’…

RIFF Is Back For The Tenth Time!

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The tenth annual festival, which opened on September 26 and continues through to October 6, is comprised of 75 features…

A New Icelandic Dream

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There are a couple of reasons why a film about Anglo expatriates in Beijing is a perfect choice for the…

Save The (Movie) Date

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The tenth annual Reykjavík International Film Festival runs from September 26 to October 6. Check riff.is for a full programme,…

The Perfect Landscape

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Art is a contested space in ‘The Perfect Landscape.’ Public sculptures are graffitied over, a bucket of red paint is…

The Passage Of Time

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In a conversation published in this paper in late 2012, curator Markús fiór Andrésson spoke up for art which makes…

If You Screen It…

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Iceland, as you may have gathered, is a small island nation in the middle of the North Atlantic, a fact…

Surrendering To Time

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Unfurled at majestic full length across the middle of the gallery, stained with oily pockmarks and rusty striations, “Cloth Collapsion”…

Pick Five

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1. ¡Vivan las antipodas! (Dir. Victor Kossakovsky, Germany) Victor Kossakovsky, acting as his own cameraman and editor, has the whole…

Lions And Bears And Puffins, Oh My

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Ah, autumn in Reykjavík when, as Reykjavík International Film Festival Chair Hrönn Marinósdóttir observes, “it starts to rain, the leaves…