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Icelandic Short Film Receives Three Awards in One Weekend

The Icelandic Short Film, Braedrabylta by Grímur Hákonarson received three international film awards this weekend. Braedrabylta has now received 14 international awards.

The director, Grímur Hákonarson, was in Spain at the Huesca short film festival when he got a phone call from Bosnia that his film had just won the grand prize at the Kartkofil short film festival in Bosnia. Earlier he had won the youth jury prize at Huesca, which is one of the largest short film festivals in the world. Later on he was also informed that Braedrabylta had won the grand prize at the Milan Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Italy. Morgunbladid reports.

“When I got the phone call from Bosnia it stopped being funny. I had no idea that my film even was at those festivals in Bosnia and Milan” Hákonarson said, obviously very surprised.

Braedrabylta is a short film about two gay men in rural Iceland. They are reluctant to admit their love for one another, but use the Icelandic wrestling sport of glíma as a way acting out their affection. The word “Braedrabylta” (literally, brother tumble) comes from the Icelandic wrestling vocabulary describing a move in which both contenders fall to the ground and no one wins.

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