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A WHITE, WHITE DAY won the NDR Film Prize at Lübeck - ECHO won the Interfilm Church Prize

Hlynur Pálmason's A White, White Day won the main prize, the NDR Film Prize, of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck. Rúnar Rúnarsson's Echo won the Interfilm Church Prize at the festival. 

A White, White Day was recently nominated as Iceland‘s entry for the 2020 Best International Feature Film Oscar and made this year's selection list for the European Film Awards. The film's lead actor Ingvar E. Sigurdsson accepted the award on behalf of A White, White Day and the Jury's reasoning for awarding the film at reads as follows:

“The NDR Film Prize jury honours a film that explores the despair of a great loss with almost playful ease. In unusual, precise scenes, the characters interact as equals, displaying enormous strength and comedic elements. This is brave filmmaking, bolstered with a breath-taking inventive skill and powerful imagery.”

Rúnar Rúnarsson was recently awarded the del Duero award for best director at the Seminci Valladolid International Film Festival. Spanish critics have given Echo good reviews and said the film is humanistic, artistic, bold, where beauty, humour and sorrow intertwine.

Accepting the Interfilm Church Prize on behalf of Echo was producer Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir. The Jury's reasoning for awarding the film reads as follows:

“The Interfilm jury awards its prize to a film that uses innovative cinematic language to tell a series of small stories of human life. The film reminds us that every human being needs relationships, understanding, forgiveness and love. The prize goes to “Echo” directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson.”