Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, who plays Detective Erlendur in Baltasar Kormákur’s Jar City (2006), received the Napapijri Award for his role at Courmayeur Noir, a thriller, suspense and horror film festival, held in Italy last weekend.
“It is pleasing when an Icelandic film receives such attention,” Sigurdsson told Morgunbladid. Jar City was up against 11 other movies for the festival’s most recognized award, the Black Lion, but the German movie Der Andere Junge (2007) by Volker Einrauch took it home.
“Every actor who took part in these movies has the opportunity to win the [Napapijri] award which I then received,” Sigurdsson explained. “I didn’t expect to win.”
“Last year Children [(2006) by Ragnar Bragason] received a special award from the selection committee and now Jar City won an award,” Sigurdsson said. “After the screening of Jar City people came to me and told me how marvelous it is that gems are being made in Iceland year after year.”