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AND BREATHE NORMALLY selected for Karlovy Vary

And Breathe Normally, writer/director Ísold Uggadóttir‘s debut feature, has been selected for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it will screen in the Another View section. The festival, one of the oldest in the world, will take place in the spa town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic from June 29 – July 7.

And Breathe Normally had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where Uggadóttir won Best Director in the festival‘s World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The film also won the FIPRESCI prize at the Göteborg Film Festival in Sweden.

Icelandic films have had great success at Karlovy Vary in recent years. In 2015 two Icelandic features – Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain – and one short film – Jörundur Ragnarsson’s Chum – were selected for the festival. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s Paris of the North was selected for the main competition in 2014 and Marteinn Thorsson’s XL was selected in 2013, with lead actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson winning Best Actor. In 2007 Baltasar Kormákur's Jar City won the Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary’s top prize.

For further information on the festival and its selection, click here.

About the film

And Breathe Normally tells the story of the intimate bond that forms between two women – an Icelandic mother and a refugee from Guinea-Bissau – whose lives briefly intersect in Iceland due to unforeseen circumstances.

Ísold Uggadóttir both wrote and directed the film, and it stars Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir and Babetida Sadjo. It was produced by Skúli Malmquist for Zik Zak Filmworks and coproduced by Inga Lind Karlsdóttir, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir, and Birna Anna Björnsdóttir, along with Diana Elbaum (Belgium) and Annika Hellström (Sweden).

International sales for the film are being handled by The Match Factory.