Skjaldborg 2011, a film festival dedicated to Icelandic documentaries, will take place for the fifth year in a row in Patreksfjördur in the West Fjords during the Whitsun weekend, June 10-12.
From Patreksfjördur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
More than 20 new Icelandic documentaries will be premiered during the festival and exciting films in production will be introduced, as stated on the festival’s website.
Among the documentaries that will be screened next weekend are Bakka-Baldur by director Thorfinnur Gudnason, Land míns födur by Ólafur de Fleur, Ge9n by Haukur Már Helgason and Rangsaelis by Ragnheidur Gestsdóttir.
HKL: Anti American Wins Nobel Prize is a documentary in the works by Halldór Thorgeirsson about the political life of Icelandic Noble Prize in Literature laureate Halldór Laxness, which will be presented to Skjaldborg attendees.
This year’s honorary guest will be the town’s most beloved son-in-law, entertainer, television presenter, politician and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson, who is also a pioneer in the making of Icelandic documentaries.
His film Hamarinn sem haest vid himinn ber about Iceland’s highest sea cliff, Látrabjarg by Patreksfjördur, premiered on national broadcaster RÚV in 1971.
Since then, Ragnarsson has been very productive in the making of television programs and documentaries. Usually, he also serves as cameraman in the production of his films and programs. Some of the footage is shot from a plane—Ragnarsson is also a pilot.
The festival also has a non-film related program, including a plokkfiskur (a traditional Icelandic mashed fish and potato dish) feast at the invitation of the local women’s association, seafood feast, standup comedy night and countryside dance.
The little seaside town sure is lively: this weekend the Scottish Highland Games are taking place there alongside the annual Fishermen’s Day festival.