Baltasar Kormákur’s White Night Wedding received awards in seven categories at the 2008 Edda Awards, the Icelandic Oscars, yesterday. Reykjavík-Rotterdam, by Óskar Jónasson, in which Kormákur played the main role, received five Eddas.
“It is fantastic. Both of these films received a bunch of awards,” Kormákur told Fréttabladid, adding that the Oscars are the next step. White Night Wedding will be Iceland’s contribution to the foreign-language category at the Oscars Awards next spring.
White Night Wedding was chosen Best Film at last night’s Eddas and Jónasson Best Director. Hilmir Snaer Gudnason received an Edda as Best Actor for his role in White Night Wedding while Sólveig Arnarsdóttir was chosen Best Actress for her part in the television series Svartir Englar (“Black Angels”).
Television presenter Egill Helgason was also victorious at last night’s Eddas. He was chosen Television Presenter of the Year, while his political chat program Silfur Egils and literature program Kiljan, both shown on national broadcaster RÚV, were also awarded with Eddas.
“It is very pleasing to receive awards for these two shows that are so different,” Helgason said.