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
Monday, April 18, 2016
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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)