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Bride of Christ

Bride of Christ

Rakel Gardarsdóttir, Ágústa M. Ólafsdóttir

A unique documentary about the life and thoughts of women who dedicate their lives to the Carmelite convent in Hafnarfjördur, Iceland.

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Flora

Gunnlaugur Þór Pálsson

Flora is a 60 minutes long documentary on the painter Eggert Pétursson. The Tröllaskagi peninsula is the film's dynamic cornerstone on our trip through the Highlands and Skaftafell National Park. Our guide is botanist Thóra Ellen Thórhallsdóttir, who connects the dots between our experience of the Icelandic nature and the floral diversity of Eggert's flower paintings. From his book of sketches, surrounded by a musical ode to Mother Nature, where the flora's perseverance and complexity matches the world of the painting while emphasizing the coexistence of these two worlds.

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Girls Rock Camps in Africa

Alda Lóa Leifsdóttir

Documentary film of three generations of women connected to music in Togo. The Rock camps Guides in their forties, Romaine music teacher and bassist in her twenties and five teenage girls. Different generations and different music adaption and taste. They meet in the Girl Rock camps in Togo and work together for five days for a final concert.

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Home Again?

Dögg Mósesdóttir

A mother explores the history of home birth in Iceland and soon finds out she has touched upon a sensitive topic at a time of cut downs in the health care system and questions arise about the role of midwifes in birth and womens rights over their own body in the birthing process. 

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Iceland FC

Róbert Douglas

A look at the culture behind English football in Iceland, how 80% of Icelandic men support a team from another country, the fans that travel from Iceland to watch their favourite teams play every season. The documentary examines how this passion can affect the everyday life of the family, workplace and to what extent the fans go to in order to follow their teams around Europe.

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If These Walls Could Talk....?

Sveinn M. Sveinsson, Helga Guðrún Johnson

A 52 minute documentary about  one of the oldest building in Reykjavík, made from natural rocks 1872,  and the only building in Iceland that was built as a prison until 2016.
The second floor housed the local Police station, the Town Hall and the Supreme Court until 1949. The house was also the home of the prison guards and their families.  

The story will be told by mixing a third person VO and interviews with various people who have come to know the story of and within the building either as prisoners, employees or officials thought the years.  This is also the story of the judiciary system in Iceland from 1874 until this very day. It is very unique that in the center of the capital, in between shops, restaurants and bars, there has been an active prison operating since 1872.

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Ljósmál

Einar Thór Gunnlaugsson

The history of Icelandic lighthouse is brief, but it was only in 1878 when the first lighthouse was built on an Icelandic coastline. Lighthouses in Iceland today are a total of 104, in addition to small harbor lighthouses owned and run by local authorities.

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Love is Simply Love

Björn B. Björnsson

This film tells the story of Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world's first openly lesbian prime minister, and her secret relationship with her spouse Jonina Leosdottir. A relationship that became world famous when Johanna became prime minister of Iceland after the crash in 2008. We also follow the two of them to conferences around the world where Johanna talks about conditions of gay people around the world.

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My Mother the State

Ieva Ozolina

Una got separated with her sister when she was adopted from an orphanage at the age of three. Since that day, it's been Una's dream to see her sister again, but for the next thirty years the sister existed only in Una's memories. Then, one day, she became alive. The film is like a puzzle that's created by unhappy parents and the system. A puzzle that Una tries to solve.

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New Hands

Örn Marinó Arnarsson, Thorkell Hardarson

A man who lost his hands in an accident, gets a new pair from a deceased person. It may sound like science-fiction from Hollywood - but this is reality. Gudmundur Felix Gretarsson (b.1974) lost both his arms in an accident while working with high voltage. After a series of operations and infections, the doctors decided to surgically remove the remaining stubs.

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Opus Magni

Steinthór Birgisson

We follow the performance of sequential sculptures by Magnús Pálsson in 2013-2015, woven together with preparatory efforts and toil, errands and discoveries. The artist delves into his own past in the company of his older work, while his road trip with friends through autumn-hued nature moves progressively towards his cottage, Askance, in Dalar county, where the film concludes with a pleasant sigh.

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PLAY

Þórunn Hafstað

The imagination of children leads us into a fantasy narrative of play, where adults are nowhere to be found and the harsh reality of nature and imagination takes over. Soon enough, however, we are brought back to earth when playtime comes to an end, in this case with the devastating closure of a unique Icelandic kindergarten. 

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Spare Parts

Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir

The Bounty of Land

Ásdís Thoroddsen

 

Elín Methúsalemsdóttir and her family, from the old farm Bustarfell, take us through the history of Icelandic food traditions, from the settlement period to the present day. In the beginning, Icelandic cooking was characterized by scarcity, and Icelanders had to be extremely resourceful with the little that nature provided. Now, however, the Icelandic kitchen exists in the modern world, influenced by immigration, food tourism, and global trends in farming and cuisine.

 

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The Far Traveller

Jóhann Sigfússon, Anna Dís Ólafsdóttir

When she died, around 1050AD, a little known Viking explorer had become the most travelled woman of the Middle Ages. This Viking woman sailed across the Atlantic Ocean eight times and her travels extended from Iceland, to Greenland, North America, Scandinavia, the British Isles through Europe to the Vatican in Rome. She was rescued by Leif Eiriksson from a shipwreck that earned him the nickname the Lucky. Her name was Gudrídur Thorbjarnardóttir (980-1050AD), called The Far Traveller.

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The Hero's Journey to the Third Pole

Andri Snær Magnason, Anní Ólafsdóttir

An adventurous, sad, dreamy, funny, and ultimately bittersweet story of two people struggling with the balancing act of bipolar disorder and confronting the shame that they and other bipolar people feel. 

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The Last Autumn

Yrsa Roca Fannberg

More than a thousand autumns ago, humans arrived with their animals to a land pushed up against the Arctic Ocean. Autumns came and autumns went. Where the road ends, Úlfar, the last in a long line of farmers, lives with his wife. As autumn returns their grandchildren arrive from the city to attend the last herding of the flock. Next autumn farming will cease and all the sheep will be gone, but the landscape pushed up against the Arctic Ocean will continue to tell about that one Last Autumn.

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The School of Housewives (former Shoes Off)

Stefanía Thors

The School of Housewives is just what it sounds like. It provides an education in the domestic arts, and preserves Icelandic traditions. Current and former students, including the occasional male student, discuss their experiences at the school. While modern society moves along and funding isn’t what it used to be, the school remains a fixture in Icelandic society. 

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VasulkaEffect

The Vasulka Effect

Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir

Steina and Woody Vasulka, early pioneers of video art, are in the process of archiving their work. Although they founded the famous New York art space The Kitchen in the early 1970s, they have struggled financially in their retirement due to diminished interest from the art world. But now renewed interest in their work puts the Vasulkas back on the map and draws the attention of the most prestigious museums in the world. 

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Through Fire and Water

Valdimar Leifsson

The film "Through Fire and Water" is about man´s fight against nature´s powerful forces; the volcanic eruption in the Westman Islands in 1973. It's main theme is the people who put their lives at risk by pumping water on flowing lava in order to steer it away from the island´s most important place - its fishing harbour. Thus, they also managed to save some homes of the inhabitants of the islands. A truly courageous rescue achievement, that has never been repeated.

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