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AND BREATHE NORMALLY wins five international awards – Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir wins Best Actress in Lisbon

And Breathe Normally, writer/director Ísold Uggadóttir‘s debut feature, has recently won five international awards at film festivals. Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, one of the film‘s lead actresses, won the Best Actress award at the Queer Lisboa Film Festival in Lisbon.

It has also won the Audience Award at the Athens International Film Festival, it won the Audience Award at the Queer Screen Film Festival in Sydney, won for Best Film at the Faroe Islands Minority Film Festival in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands and Ísold Uggadóttir won the Roger Ebert Prize for Best Film by a First-Time Filmmaker at the Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan, USA. The film has now won a total of eight international awards.

Next up for the film is the Hamptons International Film Festival in the US, where Uggadóttir will be attending.

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).

It had its world premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, where Uggadóttir won Best Director in the festival‘s World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

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