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Icelandic Film Wins Three Awards at Tribeca

Virgin Mountain (original title: Fúsi), Icelandic director Dagur Kári Pétursson’s most recent film, won three of the main awards in the World Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York yesterday, including for Best Narrative Feature.

Best Actor went to Gunnar Jónsson, who portrays Fúsi, and Dagur Kári claimed the award for Best Screenplay, indiewire.com writes.

“With its mixture of humor and pathos, this film captured our hearts. Beyond the deceptively small frame of a mismatched love story, the film deals with the issues of bigotry, loneliness, bullying, mental illness, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit and the meaning of love,” the jury commented.

“The film was aided in no small measure by a performer whose mixture of comedy and sadness evokes Chaplin and Keaton, with a complete lack of tricks, pretense, or condescension,” the jury added of Gunnar’s performance.

“This performer relies instead on subtlety, timing, and naked honesty, creating an indelible portrait of a man fighting to be seen in a world that judges him by his appearance,” the jury concluded.

For winning Best Narrative Feature, the winner received USD 25,000 (ISK 3.4 million, EUR 23,000) and the art award ‘Ash Eroded Film Reel’ by Daniel Arsham. The award was given by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal.

Gunnar received USD 2,500 for winning Best Actor and Dagur Kári USD 5,000 for winning Best Screenplay.

Virgin Mountain premiered at the Berlinale Special Gala the Berlin International Film Festival (February 5-15), after having been handpicked by festival director Dieter Kosslick.

The film, described as “a small story about a very large man,” on hollywoodreporter.com, tells the story of 43-year-old Fúsi, who lives alone with his mother.

Fúsi has yet to find the courage to enter into adulthood, until a vivacious woman, played by Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, and an eight-year-old girl force him to make changes, cineuropa.org writes.

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