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12.4.2019

Retrospective of Icelandic cinema set to kick off in Toronto

Ten Icelandic films are set to screen in a retrospective of Icelandic cinema that will take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Canada, from May 10-22. 

The retrospective, entitled Wayward Heroes: A Survey of Modern Icelandic Cinema, is curated by Steve Gravestock, TIFF's senior international programmer for Canada, the Philippines, and the Nordic region. This TIFF Cinematheque retrospective explores the remarkable evolution that has occurred in Icelandic cinema over the past four decades, from the Icelandic Spring of the 1980s until the present day.

The retrospective will feature introductions by three of the directors whose films are included: Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, Kristín Jóhannesdóttir, and Róbert I. Douglas.

The ten films included in the retrospective are:

Children of Nature (introduced by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson)
dir. Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, 1991
Friday, May 10

As in Heaven (introduced by Kristín Jóhannesdóttir)
dir. Kristín Jóhannesdóttir,1992
Saturday, May 11

The Icelandic Dream (introduced by Róbert I. Douglas)
dir. Róbert I. Douglas, 2000
Sunday, May 12

Golden Sands
dir. Ágúst Guðmundsson, 1984
Thursday, May 16

Jar City
dir. Baltasar Kormákur, 2006
Friday May 17

When the Raven Flies
dir. Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, 1984
Saturday, May 18

Nói the Albino
dir. Dagur Kári, 2003
Sunday, May 19

Life in a Fishbowl
dir. Baldvin Z, 2014
Tuesday, May 21

Rams
dir. Grímur Hákonarson, 2015
Wednesday, May 22

Under the Glacier
dir. Gudný Halldórsdóttir, 1989
Wednesday, May 22

The retrospective will also tour Canada later this year, with stops in Vancouver (at The Cinematheque), Regina (at the Regina Public Library), and Winnipeg (at the Cinematheque). Iceland will also be the subject of Steve Gravestock's forthcoming TIFF monograph A History of Icelandic Film, which is distributed by the Wilfrid Laurier University Press and the University of Toronto Press.

Wayward Heroes: A Survey of Modern Icelandic Cinema is co-presented by the Icelandic Film Centre, Promote Iceland and Iceland Naturally.

About TIFF

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and the innovative national distribution program Film Circuit.

For further information visit TIFFs website.