A recent addition to the Icelandic film cusine is the newly established filmclub “Fjalakötturinn,” which will have regular film screenings in Tjarnarbíó every Sunday and Monday until May. Nearly 30 films constitute the club’s spring program and all screenings are without intermission and lengthy trailers. Membership is 4000 ISK and gives access for one person to all the films shown on the spring schedule, as well as discount charges for the Reykjavík International Film Festival taking place in September and October.
In addition, members receive monthly newsletters with information and articles about the club’s programme and films, as well as news from the world of cinema in general (written in Icelandic). In addition, the restaurant Fjalakötturinn in Aðalstræti offers special discounts for members, including two beers for the price of one on club screening days. Individual tickets for the club’s screenings are available for the regular movie price of 900 ISK at the ticket office in Tjarnarbíó, which is open half an hour prior to every day’s first screening.
Among this months, selections is also a special programme dedicated to the French photographer, journalist and filmmaker Raymond Depardon. Born into a family of farmers in 1942 in Burgundy he went to Paris in 1958, wishing to be a photographer. He later opened his own photography agency, Gamma, before becoming a member of Magnum Photography. Famous for his coverage of the wars in Vietnam, Algeria, Congo and Chile, he later turned to films as his medium. In cooperation with Pourquoi Pas?, Fjalakötturinn has selected eight of Depardon’s films for screening. The films are divided into three different categories: Journalists (Le Reporters), The Farmers (Le Monde Paysan) and Justice (Le Justice), with each category documenting a certain subject through the eyes of Depardon.
Other selections include several films adapted from children’s stories by Astrid Lindgren, such as Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, The Children of Noisy Village and the Brothers Lionheart