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VOLCANO at 23rd PSIFF

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VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011), Iceland's official Oscar entry for 2012 screened this week at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival.  Few films can boast such raw and gritty realism as VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011). While the film is set in its native Iceland, it is a far cry from the expansive Nordic Eden we have been exposed to after Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006) and TOMB RAIDER (2001), with VOLCANO exposing the more tangible truth of everyday life in ...

The Lucky 13th Edition of the LA Scandinavian Film Festival

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by Ron Gilbert Now it in its thirteenth year this Film Festival .offers a Scandinavian Cinema combined with a Smorgasbord treat starting on January 7, 8, 14, 15 at Writers Guild Theater (135 S. Doheny/at Wilshire) in Beverly Hills. I have been very fortunate to be in attendance at this film festival and have chosen this fest instead of Palms Springs and Sundance on my weekends. The five Nordic Oscar submissions plus additional current feature films, shorts, and documentaries...

The Nothern Film Festival announces Interregional Competition

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The Northern Film Festival has selected eight film for the Interregional Competition 2011. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films concur for the Matad’Or and a cash prize of 10.000 euro. Among the selected films are the controversial MICHAEL by Austrian Markus Schleinzer, who will attend the festival, Anca Damian’s animated feature CRULIC – THE PATH TO BEYOND (Romania, Poland), festival crowd favourite TYRANNOSAUR by Paddy Considine (UK) and Norwegian coming-of-age f...

VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011)

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 Few films can boast such raw and gritty realism as VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011). While the film is set in its native Iceland, it is a far cry from the expansive Nordic Eden we have been exposed to after Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006) and TOMB RAIDER (2001), with VOLCANO exposing the more tangible truth of everyday life in Iceland of a fisherman (Hannes) and his wife and the driest peak in their lives, where everything they once knew is about to erupt and explode into an even tough...

VOLCANO at RIFF 2011

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  Few films can boast such raw and gritty realism as VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011). While the film is set in its native Iceland, it is a far cry from the expansive Nordic Eden we have been exposed to after Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006) and TOMB RAIDER (2001), with VOLCANO exposing the more tangible truth of everyday life in Iceland of a fisherman (Hannes) and his wife and the driest peak in their lives, where everything they once knew is about to erupt and explode into an ev...

VOLCANO at RIFF 2011

VOLCANO (2011) by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson, which held its world premier at Cannes this year, opened to home audiences during the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF), 2011. The film's Nordic premier at RIFF enjoyed a full house and a smash after party with the film's cast and crew and RIFF guests alike.  photo by Vanessa McMahon

VOLCANO at RIFF 2011

VOLCANO (2011) by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson, which held its world premier at Cannes this year, opened to home audiences during the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF), 2011. The film's Nordic premier at RIFF enjoyed a full house and a smash after party with the film's cast and crew and RIFF guests alike.  photo by Vanessa McMahon

VOLCANO at RIFF 2011

VOLCANO (2011) by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson, which held its world premier at Cannes this year, opened to home audiences during the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF), 2011. The film's Nordic premier at RIFF enjoyed a full house and a smash after party with the film's cast and crew and RIFF guests alike.  photo by Vanessa McMahon

VOLCANO at RIFF 2011

VOLCANO (2011) by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson, which held its world premier at Cannes this year, opened to home audiences during the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF), 2011. The film's Nordic premier at RIFF enjoyed a full house and a smash after party with the film's cast and crew and RIFF guests alike.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

VOLCANO at RIFF 2011

VOLCANO (2011) by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson, which held its world premier at Cannes this year, opened to home audiences during the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF), 2011. The film's Nordic premier at RIFF enjoyed a full house and a smash after party with the film's cast and crew and RIFF guests alike.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

VOLCANO at RIFF 2011

VOLCANO (2011) by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson, which held its world premier at Cannes this year, opened to home audiences during the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF), 2011. The film's Nordic premier at RIFF enjoyed a full house and a smash after party with the film's cast and crew and RIFF guests alike.    photo by Vanessa McMahon 

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

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New Best Icelandic Short Film Award established to honor Thor Vilhjálmsson Record festival attendance nears 27,000 admissions RIFF 2012 September 27 – October 7    The Golden Egg Winner was "Auf wiedersehen papa" by Sandra Nedeleff: "An everyday drama that navigates from stone cold reality into a fairytale and back again, throwing in a few twists along the way. This is a beautiful and elegantly realized film, shot on location in Berlin and is only the ...

Volcano at RIFF 2011

Iceland native Director/Writer FIPRESCI AWARD International Critic’s AwardIcelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson´s VOLCANO (Eldfjall).Jury Statement"For the sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal, built on powerful acting, of themes that are not usually the focus of filmmaking: aging with dignity in an intimate relationship, dealing with severe illness, caring and dying."Films from the New Visions program

Rúnar Rúnarsson and VOLCANO at RIFF

Iceland native Director/Writer FIPRESCI AWARD International Critic’s AwardIcelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson´s VOLCANO (Eldfjall).Jury Statement"For the sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal, built on powerful acting, of themes that are not usually the focus of filmmaking: aging with dignity in an intimate relationship, dealing with severe illness, caring and dying."Films from the New Visions program

RIFF 2011 Awards

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RIFF 2011 Awards   New Best Icelandic Short Film Award established to honor Thor Vilhjálmsson Record festival attendance nears 27,000 admissions RIFF 2012 September 27 – October 7 "Auf wiedersehen papa". The Golden Egg Winner was "Auf wiedersehen papa" by Sandra Nedeleff: "An everyday drama that navigates from stone cold reality into a fairytale and back again, throwing in a few twists along the way. This is a beautifu...
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