Fans of Icelandic cinema will be pleased to know that this year’s Glasgow Film Festival has a whole strand dedicated to the country and its cinema. This is GFF’s biggest ever country focus strand, offering up a chance to catch the very best Icelandic films of the past years. This programme includes the UK premiere of the eagerly awaited The County, from Rams director Grímur Hákonarson.
Set in a small Icelandic farming community, The County tells the story of Inga (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir) a recenstly widowed dairy farmer who rebels against the powerful and corrupt local cooperative.
A White, White Day
This is the second feature from Winter Brothers director Hlynur Pálmason. Police officer Ingrimundur (Ingvar Sigurðsson) is devoted and still grieving after the sudden death of his wife. He tries to carry on, but starts to suspect that the woman he thought loved him unconditionally had been unfaithful to him.
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the film is based on the classic Icelandic novel by Hallgrímur Helgason, 101 Reykjavík. First released in 2000, it won the Discovery Award at Toronto International Film Festival. At 30, Hlynur (Hlynur Bjorn Hafsteinsson) is still living with his parents and with no prospect, job or even a glimmer of hope for the future. Life leads him down a different path when his mother’s friend Lola (iconic Spanish actor Victoria Abril) comes to visit.
Director Ari Alexander and Ergis Magnússon present an electrifying portrait of the contemporary music scene in Iceland. with performances from Björk, Sigur Rós, Múm, Johann Johannson & Amina. The film is presented on stunning 35mm print.
You can find the full list of films featured in this in this exciting stand here: https://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival/whats-on/all
Glasgow Film Festival run from 26th of February till the 8th of March.