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Ingvar Sigurdsson wins Best Performance Award at Transilvania

The Icelandic actor Ingvar Sigurdsson has won the Best Performance Award at Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) for his lead performance in Hlynur Pálmason's A White, White Day. TIFF took place from May 31 - June 9 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 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 in the film.  

Last year writer/director Hlynur Pálmason's Danish/Icelandic debut feature, Winter Brotherswon the Best Director award at the festival. A White, White Day is Pálmason's second feature film. 

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).