Film fans tired of the celluloid crap Hollywood churns out year after year should set aside time for the Iceland International Film Festival, running in theatres across Reykjavik through April 30th.
What you won’t see at the Iceland International Film Festival are duds like Crocodile Dundee or anything starring the Olsen Twins. What will be screened are films such as the wacky Napoleon Dynamite and the disturbing Kevin Bacon vehicle, The Woodsman. Various films categorized as World cinema will be screened, including the epic House of Flying Daggers, and there will be a special collection of Icelandic movies. (Yes, 101 Reykjavik, and the Oscar-nominated Children of Nature.)
And what would a festival be without a Robert De Niro film. No, not Fock the Fockers or We’re No Angels. I’m talking about the classic Taxi Driver.
In addition to the 40-plus films, event organizers have also managed to entice some of the talent to Iceland, including director Walter Salles, who kicked off the Festival on 7 April at Háskólabíó with a screening of his film The Motorcycle Diaries (see review below).
For more information on the Festival, log on to www.icelandfilmfestival.is