Pain And Empathy In Award Winning Movie ‘And Breathe Normally’

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A recent American film suggests that no one cares about dentists. Much the same can be said about border guards,…

Pain And Empathy In Award Winning Movie ‘And Breathe Normally’

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A recent American film suggests that no one cares about dentists. Much the same can be said about border guards,…

Ben Kingsley and the New Icelandic Star of Cinema

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We all remember ‘Death and the Maiden,’ the 1994 film starring Ben Kingsley as a suspected war criminal flushed out…

Festival Season Arrives: Whiling Away Winter in the City Cinemas

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Back in the dark ages before the advent of Bíó Paradís, one of the few opportunities Reykvikians had to see…

Ploey: You Never Fly Alone, aka Valur The Killer vs. The Migration Birds

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Perhaps one of the reasons there haven’t been very many Icelandic cartoons (apart from the probative costs), is that there…

From Crime Fiction To Running The Government: Meet Iceland’s New Prime Minister

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They say everyone in Iceland knows each other, but that’s an exaggeration. I went to visit the President, Guðni Th….

A Song of Innocence: The Swan Is Born

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“The worst part about this is that it’s not even original,” says the young girl, now pregnant, and with seemingly…

Last Words: Whose History?

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In Brussels, they have just opened a museum of European History. But is it really possible to tell the unified…

A Song of Innocence: The Swan is Born

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„The worst part about this is that its not even original,” says the young girl, now pregnant, and with seemingly…

1997: The Last Days of Rock

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Yes, rock is dead. It is dead in the sense that punk is dead. Or classical. Punk by now belongs…

The Reykjavik Poet Par-Excellence: Megas Talks About Music, Drugs, Björk, Toyota, Armageddon and the Afterlife

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The first time I interviewed Megas was during my first summer as editor of the new paper  Reykjavik Grapevine 15…

Last Words: Maybe This Time Will Be Different

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When is history a reliable predictor of future events? The last time a left-wing party formed a government with the…

No Singles Allowed: The Great Bolungarvík Debate

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When the first Þorrablót (an annual celebration involving the eating of sheep’s testicles and drinking of brennvín, among other merriments)…

Blast From The Past: Student Protests In The 1800s

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Probably the most famous student protest ever in Iceland took place in 1850. A group of students at the Latin…

Welcome To The Old Skool: Icelandic Legends To Play Airwaves

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Airwaves. That time of year when annoying youngsters fill the streets with their unbridled joy, loudness and new-fangled music (this…

Of Miners and Moonshine: Debut Film From Icelandic Director In Denmark

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It’s interesting to note that despite most of them studying abroad, Icelandic film directors almost universally come home to start…

Blast from the Past: Danish Soldiers Maim Themselves Celebrating

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Everyone will tell you that the reason “Þjóðhátíð” (literally, “national celebration”) is held in the Westman Islands every year is…

Blast from the Past: Illicit Love in Öskjuhlíð

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It used to be that Öskjuhlíðin hill was the best place to go in RVK for an American-style dating experience….

The Square: Art, Sex And Other Nuisances Of Modern Life

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Ruben Östlund may well be the finest filmmaker working in the Nordic Countries today, so for him, taking aim at…

Rock and Roll Archetype Excavated: Bubbi Live At Dillon

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There is something fishy about Bubbi offering a free concert. After all, this is the man who has done more…

Out of Thin Air: Documentary Charts Alleged Murder & The End Of Innocence

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On January 25, 1974, 18-year-old Guðmundur Einarsson disappeared without a trace. His body was never found, which caused great consternation…

North Of The Wall: A Game of Thrones Tour Of Iceland

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The Iron Island clan in ‘Game of Thrones’ are based on the Vikings from Nordic history—but they are both more…

The Nordic House: Reminding Us Of What We Aren’t

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The Nordic House was built in Reykjavík in 1968 to prove that Iceland is indeed one of the Nordic Countries….

Blast from the Past: The Ghosts of Höfði

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So, they‘ve met. Not in Reykjavik as we had all hoped, but in Hamburg. Last time the leaders of East…