Icelandic drama Life in a Fishbowl (Vonarstræti; 2014) by director Baldvin Z was the big winner at the 56th Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, Germany, claiming the NDR Film Prize of EUR 12,500 (ISK 1.9 million, USD 15,600), on Saturday.
The jury noted that, “The originality and mastery of the cast is what really makes this film stand out. The actors give us an enthralling portrayal of deep humanity in the face of a cold, uncaring society. The dramatic arc of images, with its novelistic quality, charts in an unusual and gripping way a cross-section of lives.”
One of the film’s three main actors, Þorsteinn Bachmann, accepted the NDR Film Prize on behalf of the director.
Eleven Icelandic films were screened at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck this year, ruv.is reports.
Life in a Fishbowl, which premiered internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, is Iceland’s entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar selection.