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Cinema in Iceland turns 100

On 2 November a century will have passed since the Danish film director, Alfred Lind, opened the first movie theater in Iceland, Reykjavík Biograftheater.

The anniversary will be celebrated with a film festival in Copenhagen.

Since 2 November 1906 Iceland and Denmark have cooperated in film making on many occasions and produced a number of movies.

The movie days will take place in cultural center Nordatlantens Brygge in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2, 9 and 16 November.

It will include both new and classic movies, presentations on Danish-Icelandic film history and discussions about the international film industry.

Next Thursday evening, 2 November, movie expert Birgir Thor Möller will open the festival. After his speech there will be a screening of documentary Thingmannaförin (“The Journey of MPs”) by Peter Elfelts, which was also shown at the opening of Reykjavík Biograftheater in 1906.

Afterwards, spectators will get a chance to see the 2006 movie Blódbönd (“Blood Relations”) by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson.

Iceland’s Embassy in Copenhagen will provide refreshments for festival goers after the show in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Reykjavík Biograftheater.

The program for the following two Thursdays includes the screening of Hadda Padda on 9 November, a silent Icelandic movie from 1924, and Englar Alheimsins (“Angels of the Universe”) on 16 November by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, premiered in 2000.

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