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Iceland’s XL in Main Competition at Karlovy Vary

Icelandic film XL by director Marteinn Þórsson has been selected for the main competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, held June 28 to July 6.


According to, Karlovy Vary is the world’s oldest film festival and its main competition is one of 14 that are A-listed.

Polish film director and screenwriter Agnieszka Holland will chair this year’s jury at Karlovy Vary, while U.S. director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone will receive the lifetime achievement award.

Icelandic thriller Jar City (Mýrin) by director Baltasar Kormákur won the main prize at Karlovy Vary in 2007, the Crystal Globe.

XL features alcoholic MP Leifur, portrayed by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, who decides to throw one last party before he’s forced into rehab. Other actors include María Birta Björnsdóttir, who plays Leifur’s young lover Æsa.

María Birta is among interviewees in the June-July issue of Iceland Review, which has just been released.


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