The seventh annual Reykjavík Documentary and Short Film Festival, Reykjavík Shorts&Docs, opened this weekend to coincide with Culture Night. Films will be screened in the old Austurbaejarbíó cinema until August 29.
The program includes the documentary ISLAND 63° 66° N by German filmmaker Stefan Erdmann, screened on August 24 and 28.
Erdmann describes his film as “an audio-visual event of a special kind, comprehensively documented, exciting and personal,” adding, “This film touches the soul of Iceland and reveals the mystic and fascination of the land.”
The film is a result of Erdmann’s travels to Iceland 12 times in four years, almost always by himself, covering 15,000 kilometers. During his travels he shot nearly 300 hours of film material. He first traveled to Iceland in 2001 and fell in love with the country.
“There are several very good films about Iceland, but none of them touched me,” Erdmann said. “The decision to make my own film was the logical consequence for me.”