Regular program section Focus will show us history, present and most important personalities of one particular national cinematography. After Austria, presented in 2009, the revelatory cinematography of the island of permanent ice – Iceland will be presented this year.
Focus: Iceland will present relatively young cinematography – systematic production of feature films didn’t exist there until the eighties. The final break-through of the Icelandic film was in the nineties – film makers like Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and Baltasar Kórmakur began collecting awards at biggest world festivals during this decade. Icelandic film hasn’t lost anything from its attractiveness or audience popularity in the new millennium – young film makers such as Dagun Kári, Robert Ingi Douglas and Rúnar Runarsson are continuing in Fridriksson’s and Kórmakur’s success.
Program section Focus: Iceland will present complete history of Icelandic cinematography since silent Nordic co-productions shot on Iceland, over first achievements of Icelandic film in the eighties to nowadays. One important part of section Focus: Iceland will be thematic and genre collection of films which are focused on characteristic elements of Icelandic cinematography – Viking sagas
, musical films
and national comedy films
. The section will be completed by retrospectives of important Icelandic film-makers.