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FIASCO - dir. RAGNAR BRAGASON

Synopsis: Set in present-day Reykjavík, Fiasco draws a narrative circle of interconnecting stories in which three members of the Bardal househould deal with the secret loves in their lives. Karl, an old age pensioner, is busy chasing after an amnesic old screen legend. Julia, Karl´s granddaughter, is torn between a mediocre bank manager and a wild sailor, and tells them both she is pregnant ? but is she really? Steingerdur, Julia´s mother, has a wild crush on a preacher who has a serious drinking problem, and ends up with a dead stripper in his Jacuzzi. The characters cross each other as the film progresses, until the three interwoven strands of the story finally come together in an explosive and hilarious crescendo full of surprises.

Original title: Fíaskó
English title: Fiasco
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Icelandic

Director: Ragnar Bragason
Scriptwriter: Ragnar Bragason
Main cast: Róbert Arnfinnsson, Silja Hauksdóttir, Margrét Ákadóttir, Björn J. Fridbjörnsson, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Eggert Thorleifsson
Editor: Sigvaldi J. Kárason
Cinematographer: Ágúst Jakobsson
Sound design: Kjartan Kjartansson
Music: Bardi Jóhannsson
Producer(s): Thór Sigurjónsson, Skúli F. Malmquist, Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
Production companies: Zik Zak Filmworks, Icelandic Film Corporation
Co-production companies: Tradewind Pictures Germany, Zentropa Productions Denmark
Website:
www.zikzak.is

Country: Iceland
Sound: Dolby SR
Length: 87 minutes
Screening format: 35mm Colour
Film gauge/aspect ratio:
1.85:1
Premiere date and year:
March 10. 2000
International release: New Nordic Films in Haugesund August 2000

Festivals

  • New Nordic Films Haugesund 2000 Norway
  • Raindance Film Festival 2000 England
  • Miro Vision Film Festival 2000 S-Korea
  • Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 2000 Brazil
  • Cairo Int. Film Festival 2000 Egypt
  • Mannheim-Heidelberg Int. Film Fesival 2000 Germany
  • Göteborg Film Festival 2001 Sweden
  • Hawaii Int. Film Festival 2001 USA
  • Jeonju Int. Film Festival 2001 S-Korea
  • Shadowline Salerno Film Festival 2001 Italy
  • Troia Int. Film Festival 2001 Portugal
  • Shanghai Int. Film Festival 2001 China
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Int. Film Festival 2002 USA

Awards & nominations
Special Jury Prize Cairo Film Festival 2000