The longest running competitive film festival in North America , The Chicago International Film Festival (Oct 15-29, 2015) announced that Sparrows is in the lineup for its New Directors Competition.
“For over 50 years the Chicago International Film Festival has been devoted to the discovery of new voices in filmmaking. This competition truly embodies that spirit,” says Programming Director Mimi Plauché. “The New Directors Competition is always very exciting, as it showcases rising talents from around the world.” "Another one that I was so thrilled about — it just had its world premiere at San Sebastian — is Sparrows. We have three great Icelandic films this year, actually, and this is one of them. Did you see Volcano?
It's Rúnar Rúnarsson. It was one of my favorite films that year, so
it's his next film. It's a coming-of-age story about a teenage boy who
gets dropped in small town Iceland. It's the town that he was born in,
but his parents divorced, and he's been subsequently living in Reykjavík
and is forced to go back and live with his father in this town where he
no longer has a place. So it's about him figuring out how to assert who
he is and find his place. It's beautifully told. "