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Iceland at Nordisk Panorama

A total of twelve Icelandic film projects will participate in this year's Nordisk Panorama, which takes place in Malmö, Sweden from September 22 - 27. Six films will compete for the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival Awards, three projects will take part in the Nordisk Panorama Forum, two projects will pitch in the Nordic Short Film Pitch, and one documentary will be presented in the works in progress section.

Films in the festival

BAND is a comedy of failures, seen through the eyes of three women of “The Post Performance Blues Band" who give themselves only one year to finally become popstars or quit forever. Each on the brink of 40, they find themselves again coming of age, reckoning with their artistic dreams & the meaning of friendship as they juggle the pressures of motherhood. Playing creatively with the documentary form, the film makes meaning out of life's messiness and finds resilience in rejection. BAND tells a big little story of triumphant sisterhood.

Saturday, September 24, 20:00, Cinema Spegeln, Theatre A

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Darryl Francis was wrongfully accused and convicted as an accessory to murder in Los Angeles when he was a teenager. During the two decades he spent in prison, he discovered the power of creative writing and humor to cope with life behind bars.

Monday, September 26, 17:30, Cinema Panora, Theatre 1

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A story of siblings building a tree house together over the course of a year. We experience the beauty and brutality of the seasons, as we follow them through their struggles and moments of joy.

Thursday, September 22, 12:15, Cinema Panora, Theatre 1

Friday, September 23, 9:45, Cinema Panora, Theatre 1

Saturday, September 24, 18:00, Cinema Panora, Theatre 2

Sunday, September 25, 10:00, Cinema Spegeln, Theatre B


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On Hildur's birthday, Ragnar blindfolds her to take her on a surprise trip. To ease her boyfriend she decides to endure the spooky gesture. A lover's fight in an active thermal area that simulates hell, gives her a new sight on the relationship.

Sunday, September 25, 10:30, Cinema Spegeln, Theatre C

Sunday, September 25, 18:00, Cinema Spegeln, Theatre A


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An avant-garde absurd short film saturated with horror. A child witnesses her home being invaded by bimbo-looking witches through the lense of a DV camera. She is scared but her mother watches passively as things get out of hand.

Saturday, September 24, 13:00, Cinema Spegeln, Theatre A


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Ada goes swimming in the Icelandic sea and reflects on raising a child in a country that feels nothing like home. As she enters the freezing water, she relives her traumatic pregnancy. Soon her swimming eases. Facing her fears is helping her heal.

Monday, September 26, 9:45, Cinema Panora, Theatre 1

Tuesday, September 27, 12:15, Cinema Panora, Theatre 1

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Projects in the Forum

See Nordisk Panorama Forum for further information.

A young couple risks their financial situation and relationship, when they follow in the footsteps of their ancestors and start working as independent fishermen on their small fishing boat, Skuld. Does Iceland's oldest industry have a future or will it disappear with the coming generation?

Director Rut Sigurdardóttir
Production company Bíóbúgí

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Storm Alerts is a dramatic journey into the unknown territories of the human mind. A genius Nordic scholar that has enjoyed major achievements in his field suddenly needs to reconsider his life. Illness strikes him and he needs to make a new contract with himself. He becomes the explorer of his own mind.

Director Bergur Bernburg
Production company Firnindi ehf.

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A portrait of a woman who transforms ideas into actions through poetry and fantasy. This is her way to survive.

Director Karna Sigurdardóttir
Production company Akarn ehf.

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More info on Icelandic documentaries in general can be found here.

More info on Icelandic documentaries currently in production can be found here.

Nordic Short Film Pitch

See Nordic Short Film Pitch for further information.

Felt Cute

by Anna Karín Lárusdóttir

Breki (11) is at constant odds with his sister, but all he wants is her validation. One day when she is out, Breki sneaks into her closet and makeup, leaving the room a mess. When the family returns to the scene, a series of events unfold leading to a long overdue confrontation between the siblings.

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Flowers to the Bone
by Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir

A woman surrenders her contra bass into a massive waterfall. After the ritual a new, softer way of life starts opening up for her with love and creativity as her compass.

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More info on Icelandic shorts in general can be found here.
More info on Icelandic shorts currently in production can be found here.

Work in Progress

See NPM Work-in-Progress 2022 for further information.

Good Banks, Bad Banks
by Margrét Jónasdóttir

The 2008 financial crisis hit Iceland hardest. All banks went bankrupt and the UK used its Anti-Terrorism Act against the country. People demanded answers. Confused MPs prevented sovereign default and launched investigations. Iceland has imprisoned some of those most responsible, and paid its debts, but has the real truth about what happened come out?


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