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THE FALCONS wins two awards at Schlingel International Film Festival

The Falcons, director Bragi Thór Hinriksson‘s new film, won two awards at the Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience. The film won the Chemnitz Award, awarded by the festival‘s professional jury for international feature films and received an Honourable Mention from the festival‘s European children‘s jury. These are the film‘s first awards. The festival took place from October 1 – 7, with Hinriksson and lead actor Lúkas Emil Johansen in attendance and accepting the awards on the film‘s behalf.

The professional jury for international feature films motivation reads as follows:

„The children's films, which we saw during the festival, radiate life energy. The children know what to do, have goals and the willpower to achieve them. This is different from most films about adults. The grown-ups experience existential problems. They often feel paralyzed and excluded, get divorced or suffer from mental illness. In contrast, children in films have a rather positive attitude and stick together, buzz with vitality and strength, are mainly optimistic and strive for a harmonious family. And this is exactly the case in the film THE FALCONS. Ten-year-old Jón, played by Lúkas Emil Johansen, travels to the famous football championships on the south coast of Iceland, near the volcanic Westman Isles. He strives to help his team, The Falcons, and fights persistently to achieve his goals - despite strong opponents and a sudden volcanic eruption that covers everything with overwhelming gray clouds. A film about the energy of people, about the energy of nature and about the energy of filmmaking.“

The Falcons is directed by Bragi Thór Hinriksson and written by Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, Gunnar Helgason and Ottó Geir Borg, based on the novel of the same name by Gunnar Helgason. It is produced by Thórhallur Gunnarsson, Anna Vigdís Gísladóttir, Kjartan Thór Thórdarson, Ragnar Agnarsson and Hilmar Sigurdsson for Sagafilm. The film stars Lúkas Emil Johansen, Viktor Benóný Benediktsson, Ísey Heidarsdóttir, Róbert Luu, Jóhann G. Jóhannsson, Óli Gunnar Gunnarssn, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Gunnar Hansson and Sigurdur Sigurjónsson.

Next up The Falcons  will travel to many international film festivals, including the  Nordic Film Days Luebeck in Germany, the Chicago International Children‘s Film Festival and the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam.