Icelandic Film Wins Special Distinction Award at Cannes Skip to content

Icelandic Film Wins Special Distinction Award at Cannes

Icelandic film Hvalfjörður (Whale Valley) directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson won the Palme d’Or Short Film Special Distinction Ex-aequo award at Cannes over the weekend.


“This is naturally a huge achievement for all of us involved in the film and for myself as the director,” Guðmundur told

The film, named after a fjord in West Iceland, features the relationship between two brothers who live at a small farm with their parents and the dramatic events which change their lives forever, as described in a press release.

Hvalfjörður was selected along with nine others out of 3,500 entries from 132 countries to compete for shorts at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

The film Safe directed by Byoung-Gon Moon (South Korea) won the main prize, the Palme d’Or.


21.04.2013 | Icelandic Short in Main Competition at Cannes


Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article