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Laxness Movie Days in Reykjavík

By Iceland Review

An event entitled “Laxness í lifandi myndum” (“Laxness in moving pictures”) will take place at the cinema Bíó Paradís in Reykjavík April 23-28 where the eight feature films and television films based on the writing of Icelandic Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Halldór Kiljan Laxness will be screened.


Halldór Laxness. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“These are films that haven’t been screened for a long time and I am very satisfied that we decided to embark on this project,” Guðný Dóra Gestsdóttir, director of Gljúfrasteinn, the Laxness museum, on behalf of which the event is organized, told Morgunblaðið.

“We have noticed ever since the museum opened that people have asked about these films a lot, especially Brekkukotsannáll [The Fish Can Sing] and Paradísarheimt [Paradise Reclaimed], whether they were available on videotape or DVD and whether they would be screened again,” Guðný added.

The oldest of the adaptations is Salka Valka, an Icelandic-Swedish film project made in 1954.

The Fish Can Sing from 1973, in which the author plays a small part himself, will be screened in color for the first time in Iceland during the festival.

It was recorded in color but when it was aired on television, RÚV, the Icelandic national broadcaster, was still in black and white.

The leads are played by Jón Laxdal, Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir (Diddú), who has since become an accomplished opera singer, and Þorsteinn Ö. Stephensen.

Jón Laxdal also stars in Paradise Reclaimed, which was made in three parts in 1981, but has now been edited together.

Silfurtunglið is a television play directed by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson in 1978. He also made the short film Lilja based on the same play and these two will be screened together.

The other films are Atómstöðin (The Atom Station; 1984), Kristnihald undir Jökli (Under the Glacier; 1989) and Ungfrúin góða og húsið (The Honor of the House; 1999).


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