A total of 15 Icelandic films are currently in or have just finished shooting or production and the Icelandic film industry has rarely been as busy.
Two films are scheduled to premiere on December 26, Mamma Gógó by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson and Bjarnfredarson by Ragnar Bragason, which is based on Jón Gnarr’s character Georg Bjarnfredarson from the popular comedy series Naeturvaktin and Dagvaktin, and the soon-to-be-premiered Fangavaktin.
From Mamma Gógó by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson. Copyright: Icelandic Film Center.
There is an unwritten rule within the Icelandic film industry that two or more Icelandic film should not premiere on the same day, Fréttabladid reports.
“Isn’t this just the way things are developing?” Don’t we want to see the movie theaters full with Icelandic material? That must be good for the national self-image,” said Bragason.
Minister of Education and Culture Katrín Jakobsdóttir is invited to both premiers and to the premiere of the play Gerpla by Baltasar Kormákur at the National Theater, which is also scheduled for December 26.
“I guess I just have to choose if they’re all at the same time,” Jakobsdóttir said. The minister has also been invited to attend the Toronto International Film Festival, September 10-19, where Fridrik Thór Fridriksson’s autism documentary The Sunshine Boy and The Good Heart by Dagur Kári will be screened.
Other films that are coming soon are:
Hátíd í bae by Hilmar Oddsson, Reykjavík Whale Watching Massacre by Júlíus Kemp (which premieres on Friday), Brim by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Jóhannes by Thorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason, Laxdaela Lárusar Skjaldarsonar by Ólafur Jóhannesson, Sumarlandid by Grímur Hákonarson, Kóngavegur 7 by Valdís Óskarsdóttir, Algjör Sveppi by Bragi Thór Hinriksson, Rokland by Marteinn Thórsson, Inhale by Baltasar Kormákur, Thetta reddast by Börkur Gunnarsson and Órói by Baldvin Z.