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The History of Icelandic Cinema from 1906 to the Present Day

     
     
  1906  
     
    Alfred Lind opens the country’s first cinema in Reykjavik. [MORE] [ADD]
     
    - Alfred Lind makes the country's first film, a 3-minute documentary [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1923  
     
    – The country’s first film, Aevintyri jons og Gvendar, is released. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1949  
     
  13/1 - Loftur Gudmundsson’s Milli Fjalls og Fjöru (From the Mountain to the Seashore), the first Icelandic feature film with sound, is released. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1981  
     
   

Films of Note

   

 

   

The Saga of Gisli (Agust Gudmundsson) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1992  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Remote Control (Oskar Jonasson) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1996  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Dream Hunters (Ásdís Thoroddsen) [MORE] [ADD]

 
     
     
  1999  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Honour of the House (Gudny Halldorsdottir) [MORE] [ADD]

   
   
   
  2003  
     
  1/1 -

Parliament passes a new law to boost funding for domestic filmmaking.   The Icelandic Film Fund is dissolved and replaced by the Icelandic Film Centre and the National Film Archive. [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

  28/2 -

Dagur Kári 's Nói albinói (Nói the Albino) is released.   Tómas Lemarquis stars as 17-year-old Nói, who sees new girl Iris (Elin Hansdóttir) as his way out of the dead-end town in which he lives and an escape route from his heavy-drinking father (Throstur Leo Gunnarsson). [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2008  
     
    Tulpan (2008)
     
  7/10 - Sergey Dvortsevoy’s Tulpan, about a young Kazakhstani who cannot tend his own flock until first becoming married, wins the Golden Puffin at this year’s Reykjavik International Film Festival. [MORE]
     
     
     
  2009  
     
  1/2 -

For the first time ever, the Jussi award for Best Picture goes to an animated film, Hannu Tuomainen and Marteinn Thorisson’s Niko and the Way to the Stars. [MORE]

     
     
     
  2010  
     
  6/1 - Ragnar Bragason's Mr Bjarnfredarson, a comedy based on the popular Icelandic TV show about a communist and his former co-workers beats James Cameron’s global blockbuster Avatar into second place at the local box office for the second week running.   its opening weekend gross of $104,000 makes is the most successful ever for an Icelandic film. [MORE] [ADD]
     
  9/2 - Ragnar Bragasan’s Bjarnfreðarson (Mr Bjarnfredarson), a comedy drama based on The Prison Shift TV series, receives a record-breaking 11 nominations for the 2010 Icelandic Film and Television Awards. [MORE] [ADD]
     
  27/2 -

Ragnar Bragason’s Bjarnfreðarson (Mr Bjarnfredarson) wins six prizes at the EDDA Film and Television Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.   The Icelandic nation also wins an honorary award for its ‘strong support of Icelandic film through the years', as a symbol of EDDA’s objection to recent cutbacks in government funding of the industry. [MORE]

     
  27/9 -

Hrönn Marinósdóttir, the director of the Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) reveals she was summoned to the Chinese Embassy in Iceland, where it was requested she refrain from screening the American film When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun, a documentary examining the relationship between China and Tibet.   Marinósdóttir refused the request. [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2011  
     
  19/2 - Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson’s psychological drama Brim wins six awards at the Edda Film & TV Awards, including Feature Film of the Year, while Dagur Kári’s The Good Heart wins five, including Best Director and Best Screenplay. [MORE]
     
  30/9 - Runar Runarsson's drama Eldfjall (Volcano) is released.   It will become one of Iceland's most rewarded films. [ADD]
     
     
     
     

 

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