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Daníel Bjarnason wins The Harpa Award 2018

The Harpa Nordic Film Composers Award was handed out as part of Nordic Film Music Days held in Berlin February 18. This year's award went to the Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason for his score for Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson feature film Under the Tree.  

Bjarnason's nomination text by STEF

Daniel Bjarnason's minimal yet powerful score lends the film a darker tone and underlines the tensions that boil under the quiet, suburban surface.
It's used in a sensitive way and packs the story with emotions when it needs to. In other places it gives the story a thrilleresque tone and prepares the audience emotionally for the dark and surprising ending. It is a minimal score, composed with few elements, which resonates very well with the overall aesthetics of the film.

Bjarnason has contributed film scores to several Icelandic films including the feature films The Deep, Parents and Reykjavík Guesthouse: Rent a Bike, the shorts Permille and Come to Harm as well as the documentary Everything, Everywhere, All the Time.