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Retrospective of Icelandic cinema stops in Vancouver

Ten Icelandic films are now screening in a retrospective of Icelandic cinema at The Cinematheque in Vancouver, Canada, from June 13–28. 

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. The 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.

Opening night began on June 13 with Children of Nature, by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, introduced by Steve Gravestock. The retrospective series kicked off in Toronto in May and will stop by other major cities throughout Canada, including Regina Public Library in Regina (October) and the Cinematheque in Winnipeg (November).

The ten films included in the retrospective are:

Children of Nature (Thursday, June 13 – 7:00pm / Monday, June 17 – 8:20pm)
dir. Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, 1991

Jar City  (Thursday, June 13 – 9:00pm / Saturday, June 15 – 6:30pm)
dir. Baltasar Kormákur, 2006

As in Heaven (Friday, June 14 – 8:15pm / Sunday, June 16 – 6:30pm)
dir. Kristín Jóhannesdóttir,1992

Under the Glacier (Friday, June 14 – 6:30pm / Saturday, June 15 – 4:30pm)
dir. Gudný Halldórsdóttir, 1989

When the Raven Flies (Saturday, June 15 – 8:20pm / Sunday, June 16 – 4:00pm)
dir. Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, 1984

Nói the Albino (Sunday, June 16 – 8:50pm / Monday, June 17 – 6:30pm)
dir. Dagur Kári, 2003

Golden Sands (Sunday, June 23 – 6:30pm)
dir. Ágúst Guðmundsson, 1984

The Icelandic Dream (Sunday, June 23 – 8:30pm / Thursday, June 27 – 6:30pm)
dir. Róbert I. Douglas, 2000

Life in a Fishbowl (Thursday, June 27 – 8:20pm / Friday, June 28 – 8:20pm)
dir. Baldvin Z, 2014

Rams (Friday, June 28 – 6:30pm)
dir. Grímur Hákonarson, 2015

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.