Sunday, September 25, 2016
Sparrows was written and directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson. It stars Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir and Kristbjörg Kjeld. It‘s score was composed by Kjartan Sveinsson and the film was produced by Nimbus Iceland and Pegasus Pictures. International sales are handled by Versatile Films. Sparrows has had a strong festival run. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015 and has since won a total of 20 international awards, including the Golden Shell award for Best Film at the San Sebastián International Film Festival
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
Under sandet (Land of Mine) – dir.: Martin Zandvliet
Hymyilevä mies (The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki) – dir.: Juho Kuosmanen
Þrestir (Sparrows) – dir.: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Louder than Bombs – dir.: Joachim Trier
Efterskalv (The Here After) – dir.: Magnus van Horn
This is the thirteenth time that the Nordic Council Film Prize will be awarded. The winners of the Nordic Council’s prizes will be announced and awarded at the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen on 1 November.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
The International jury of the 22nd Film Festival della Lessinia in Italy awarded the Grand Prix / Lessinia d'oro to “Sparrows” by Rúnar Rúnarsson.
The composer of the film, Kjartan Sveinsson accepted the awards on behalf of the film at the closing ceremony.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Jerusalem has confirmed that it has already locked in the first two titles for the new competition, Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson’s San Sebastian winner Sparrows, and Danish Oscar contender A War by Tobias Lindholm.
Overall, the new competitive section will showcase around 10 carefully chosen feature films and devote itself to presenting their Israeli premieres.
JFF artistic director Elad Samorzik noted that the new competition intends to screen films from all different countries and of all different cinematic persuasions, and that quality and artistic distinction would be the main criteria for selection.
Samorzik also specified that, starting at the Berlin Film Festival, he would be on the lookout for films with a proven track record on the international festival circuit and with audiences.
Noa Regev, director of both the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Jerusalem Film Festival, stated: “International attendance is up in the last few years, and alongside that we’re seeking out new opportunities to add to the already significant body of prize categories.
“We’re really excited about what this means for the overall diversity and strength of the official selection and the compelling sidebar offerings we are currently expanding.”
Rúnar Rúnarsson with Wieland Speck at TIFF
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The competitive international competition highlights filmmaking from around the world that EIFF programmers term “imaginative, innovative and deserving of wider recognition”. All are UK premieres, except Bahman Naman and The Fundamentals Of Caring, which are European premireres. Titles include:
- The Actor, Satoko Yokohama (Jap)
- Bahman Naman, Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee) (Ind)
- A Conspiracy Of Faith, Hans Petter Moland (Den-Ger-Nor)
- The Fundamentals Of Caring, Rob Burnett (US)
- Go Home, Jihane Chouaib (Fra-Swi-Bel)
- Halal Love (And Sex), Assad Fouladkar (Ger-Leb)
- Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi (NZ)
- The Lure, Agnieszka Smoczynska (Pol)
- Saint Amour, Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kerven (Fra-Bel)
- Sand Storm, Elite Zexer (Isr)
- Sparrows, Runar Runarsson (Ice-Den-Cro)
- Suntan, Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Gre)
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Sunday, May 8, 2016
“This year’s Festival is bursting at the seams with extraordinary talent and revelatory, exciting stories from all over the world,” says Carl Spence, SIFF Festival Director and Chief Curator. “We have more World, North American, and US premieres than ever before, as always bringing Seattle audiences the first opportunity to experience cinematic discoveries and essential masterpieces from all points of view.”
Sparrows by Runar Runarsson is among 13 films slected to the SIFF’s longstanding juried competitions for New Directors. more info
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Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson has been selected for the Emerging Filmmaker competition at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, today announces its full slate of films for the festival, which runs April 7-April 23.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Scope100, a distribution project developed by Poland’s Gutek Film and Festival Scope, intended to rethink the acquisition and release processes for independent European films and stimulate the audience, has just announced the winning films from its partnered territories. In each country, 100 active film lovers were chosen to build the Scope100 community, watch ten carefully selected films online and vote in each country for the best one, which will then be released. Scope100 is an initiative developed in collaboration with Aerofilms (CzechRepublic),Stadtkino (Austria), Imagine (Belgium), Arthaus (Norway) and Cinefil Co (Hungary) and supported by the EU's Creative Europe Audience Development. After screening the films for a month, viewers are fully engaged in discussing and influencing marketing campaigns – trailers, loglines and bold original initiatives. Many of them offered will act as “film ambassadors”, cooperate with local media and introduce the winning film to the general public at preview screenings. Graphic designers among the audience are working on poster designs, which will be submitted to the producers, while bloggers will have an opportunity to conduct interviews with directors. The theatrical releases are planned for the coming month of June. Sparrows did well in the three countries that the film was available for. It was selected by the viewers of Norway and Hungary but where runners up in Belgium.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Göteborg Film Festival has announced the eight films competing for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic film are:
- The Yard by Måns Månsson (Sweden)
- Land of Mine by Martin Zandvliet (Denmark)
- Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson (Iceland)
- A War by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
- Granny’s Dancing on the Table by Hanna Sköld (Sweden)
- The Mine by Aleksi Salmenperä (Finland)
- The Model by Mads Matthiesen (Denmark)
- Welcome to Norway! by Rune Denstad Langlo (Norway)
Monday, January 4, 2016
At the closing ceremony at The Les Arcs European Film Festival sparrows was honored with the main award of the festiva,The Crystal arrow. On top of that did the film receive The Press Prize ,The prize for Best Cinematography has been awarded to Sophia Olsson for Sparrows and the award for best actor has been given to the Sparrows Atli Óskar Fjalarsson.#icelandicnewwave
The European Film Promotion (EFP) has revealed the ten young actors that it has selected for the 2016 European Shooting Stars at the 2016 Berlinale.
The line-up for the 19th edition of Shooting Stars - with their nominated films - is as follows:
Belgium: Martha Canga Antonio (Black)
Croatia: Tihana Lazović (The High Sun)
France: Lou de Laâge (The Wait)
Germany: Jella Haase (Four Kings)
Spain: María Valverde (Exodus)
Iceland: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson (Sparrows)
Italy: Sara Serraiocco (Chlorine)
Netherlands: Reinout Scholten van Aschat (Beyond Sleep)
Greece: Daphné Patakia (Interruption)
Switzerland: Kacey Mottet Klein (Keeper)
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
The film "Sparrows" by the Danish / Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson, was the big winner of the 39th the São Paulo International Film Festival.
"Sparrows" was awarded the jury prize for best film and also the best screenplay, given by the Association of Film Authors.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
by Fabien Lemercier / cineuropa
- The Les Arcs European Film Festival has unveiled a tantalising programme for its seventh edition, which will take place from 12-19 December 2015
Very popular with European industry professionals and a highly effective springboard for launching co-productions and promoting movies (as proven by recent titles Son of Saul [+],Sparrows [+] and The High Sun [+], all of which were funnelled through the alpine resort at one stage or another of their production process), the Les Arcs European Film Festival has revealed the mouth-watering programme for its seventh edition (12-19 December 2015).
Selected by artistic director Frédéric Boyer, the features in competition for the Crystal Arrow 2015 include Sparrows by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson (which won at San Sebastián), Chevalier [+]by Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari (unveiled in competition at Locarno, going on to win awards at London and Sarajevo), Venice competition entries A Bigger Splash [+] by Italy’s Luca Guadagnino and 11 Minutes [+] byJerzy Skolimowki, Family Film [+] by Slovenia’s Olmo Omerzu, and four titles that turned a lot of heads at Toronto: Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) by French director Eva Husson (read the article), The Ardennes [+] by Belgian filmmaker Robin Pront, the British-Franco-Belgian film Couple in a Hole [+] by Tom Geens (which won at Dinard) and the French production Parisienne by Lebanese director Danielle Arbid (read the article). We should also point out that a tenth movie is due to round off the competition shortly. MORO INFO
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Sparrows, Rúnar Rúnarsson's most recent feature, has won the Silver Hugo award in the New Directors competition at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival. This continues a strong opening festival run for Sparrows. It recently won the Golden Shell award for Best Film at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and best film in the 1-2 Competition at the Warsaw Film Festival, following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
"Festival of Festivals” is a traditional Molodist program, which includes this year’s prize winners at the biggest festivals in the world" The program will open with “Dheepan” by the cult French director Jacques Audiard - winner of the “Golden Palm” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. "
“Aferim!” by Radu Jude won in the category “Best Director” at this year’s Berlinale.
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (USA), winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance International Film Festival.
“Bob and the Trees” by Diego Ongaro received the Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
“Mustang” by Deniz Gamze Ergüven was presented in the “Directors forthnight” at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received aEuropa Cinemas Label Award.
The second feature film by Rúnar Rúnarsson “Sparrows” graces this year’s “Festival of Festivals” as a winner of the San Sebastian Festival. Some time ago Rúnarsson debuted at Molodist with his film “Volcano”.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Jury members of 1-2 Competition at the 31st Warsaw Film Festival: Katarzyna Jungowska (Poland), Zornitsa Sophia (Bulgaria), Elad Keidan (Israel) gave the award to:
SPARROWS / WRÓBLE, dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson (Iceland, Denmark, Croatia)
"For it's masterfully and poetically crafted journey of an anti-hero, up to an unforgettable humanistic ending."