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The Cold Truth: Ice Docs Is Coming To A Cinema Near You

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Despite having a surprisingly long and productive relationship with filmmaking for such a small country, there are those who would…

The Virtual Village: Pawel Ziemilski’s Documentary ‘In Touch’ Reunites Fractured Families

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The winner of the coveted jury’s prize at this years Skjaldborg Film Festival was Polish director Pawel Ziemilski, for ‘In Touch’…

The Magic Formula: The Skjaldborg Icelandic Documentary Festival Returns

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The medium of the documentary has been enjoying a renaissance lately, whether in big budget productions or quirky and independent…

Skjaldborg Festival: I’ll Be Back!

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Rain and wind, followed by some hail is typical spring weather in the Westfjords. That was the scenario in Patreksfjörður…

Bridging Cultures: “Kanema’s Song” Wins Both Awards At Skjaldborg

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“In the year 2000, when my daughter Kanema was about three years old, there weren’t that many mixed families in…

Skjaldborg Documentary Festival Promises To Be A Blockbuster

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Skjaldborg, the festival of Icelandic documentaries, will be held for the 12th time around on the weekend of 18th-20th of…

Skjaldborg Film Festival Is Fuelling Creativity In Patreksfjörður

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If there is one thing Icelanders are masters at, it’s organising a festival. Music, film and art fairs pop up…

Iceland’s Finance Minister Amongst Ashley Madison Users

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Minister of Finance Bjarni “Icehot1” Benediktsson was amongst Ashley Madison’s millions of users, reporters have found. His wife’s account of…

From Cannes To The Westfjords, And Back: We Chat With Grímur Hákonarson, the director of ‘Rams’

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I first met Grímur Hákonarson in 2012 at Skjaldborg, a documentary festival in the Westfjords. I was reporting on the…

Director Translates Funny At The Icelandic Documentary Film Festival

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Director Ragnar Hansson has always been fascinated by stand-up comedy. He’s a filmmaker who’s worked with, and written, comedy for…

A Legend Attempts Real Life: Handball Hero Ólafur Stefánsson Portrayed In New Doc

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One of the many, many things Icelanders like to brag about to foreigners are the merits of our handball teams….

WHY HE MADE ‘A9AINST’ AVAILABLE TO RENT ON-LINE

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What happened in the winter 2008–2009 certainly does not amount to a revolution, but it definitely was an insurrection. Early…

The Political Becomes Personal

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Grapevine attends Patreksfjörður’s Skjaldborg Documentary Film FestivalAn unspoken rule of the Skjaldborg Documentary Film Festival in Patreksfjörður is: What happens…

Skjaldborg VI

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“My favourite moment at Skjaldborg was at an after party,” Gunnar Þorri Pétursson shares on the film festival’s website. “It…

WILL ‘A9AINST’ ENTIRELY TRANSFORM ICELANDIC SOCIETY AND MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER FOREVER?

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Philosopher, filmmaker, writer and frequent-Grapevine contributor Haukur Már Helgason premiered his documentary ‘Ge9n’ (‘A9ainst’ is its English title) at the…

Can We Capture Iceland?

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Thoughts in the wake of the Skjaldborg documentary festivalReverend John, who will not leave his land and becomes the prisoner…

Skjaldborg: A Very Short Introduction

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Time travelling at a documentary film festival in the WestfjordsGrapevine pays a visit to the infamous Skjaldborg documentary film festival…

The Universal Project Of Whale-Watching In Húsavík

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A few years back fate brought me to Húsavík, a small town in northern Iceland. Fate? Well, friends were getting…

The Failure Of Icelandic Politics

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Here is a famous quote by Harold Wilson: “A week is a long time in politics”. At the time of…

Kraumur and Backyard at Iceland Airwaves

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Icelandic music documentary Backyard, will be screened at Bíó Paradís over the Airwaves festival this coming weekend. The film, which…

From Oakland to Iceland

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Ragnhildur Magnúsdóttir, is the director of From Oakland to Iceland: A Hip-Hop Homecoming, showing at this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival….