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A WHITE, WHITE DAY wins the main award at Motovun Film Festival

Hlynur Pálmason's A White, White Day  won the main award, Propeller of Motovun, at the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia. The film’s leading actor Ingvar Sigurðsson was the guest of the festival and received the award last Saturday. 

The jury's reasoning for the selection: “We gave the award to the film which, using genre elements, tackles the emotional and psychological burden of bereavement in an idiosynchratic way. This sweet-and-sour portrait of a peevish, melancholic policeman left a deep impression on us. Our decision was unanimous.“

Sigurdsson has already won the Best Performance Award at Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) for his lead performance in the film. The film had it's world premiere at the International Critics' Week, the oldest parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, where Sigurdsson won the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award for his performance.  

Both the film and Sigurdsson's performance have received very generous praise in reviews from Screen International, Cineuropa, and The Hollywood Reporter. Screen International says: “Ingimundur is a fascinating character, splendidly portrayed by Ingvar Sigurðsson.”

A White, White Day is set in a remote Icelandic town, where Sigurdsson plays the role of Ingimundur, an off-duty police chief who begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. The film is a story of grief, revenge, and unconditional love.

The film is produced by Iceland's Join Motion Pictures and is an Icelandic/Danish/Swedish coproduction. International sales for A White, White Day are being handled by New Europe Film Sales (jan@neweuropefilmsales.com).