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OPERATION NAPOLEON and DRIVING MUM screened at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund

Two Icelandic features, Operation Napoleon and Driving Mum, will be screened in the Nordic Focus program at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund between August 19 – 25. Icelandic projects will also be presented in the Nordic Co-Production Market and closed market screenings.

Operation Napoleon stars Vivian D. Ólafsdóttir, Jack Fox, Iain Glen, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. The story revolves around young Icelandic lawyer Kristín, who becomes entangled in an international conspiracy after receiving footage of an old airplane wreck uncovered by the melting of an Icelandic glacier.

Driving Mum is a dark comedy by Hilmar Oddsson. It follows a man who is compelled to honour his mother's last wish, after her passing. He takes on a journey to bring the body across Iceland to her home village for the final rest. As they travel on, Jón's whole existence obtains a new meaning. The film stars Thröstur Leó Gunnarsson and Kristbjörg Kjeld. It had its world premiere Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix.

Two Icelandic films are among a slate of Nordic Films featured in market screenings at the festival. Epilogue, by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon, and Solitude, by Ninna Pálmadóttir. 

Epilogue tells the story of an 85-year-old man who has recently lost his wife. By mixing his wife's ashes in a cup of hot water and drinking it, she appears to him, and they share memories of their life together.

Solitude, Pálmadóttir's feature length debut, is a story of cross-generational friendship. When Gunnar is forced by the state to sell his country home. He leaves without looking back, abandoning his horses to relocate to the capital. He soon meets 10-year old Ari and their friendship proves to be transformative for them both.

City of Lava, a thriller directed by Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen, will be presented to accredited industry professionals at the Nordic Co-production Market. Literary critic Elmar Arnarsson has always believed that his best friend was murdered 30 years ago, but when he receives new information about the death, his quiet life is turned upside down.

Visit the Norwegian International Film Festival's site for more information.