Stumbling Into Success

Vigdís Hafliðadóttir Icelandic musician comic actor

“I SOON REALISED THAT ACTING WASN’T THE MOSTPRACTICAL OF PURSUITS … AND SO I WENT TO SWEDENTO STUDY BALLAD SINGING.” THE ENTERTAINER  Vigdís Hafliðadóttir is shuffling nervously in the foyer of the restaurant Nauthóll. Inhabiting a baggy brown shirt, sleeves partly rolled up, she eavesdrops as Valgarð Már Jakobsson, a teacher at Mosfellsbær Junior College (FMOS), […]

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Ingvar E. Sigurðsson Wins Second Performance Award in Two Weeks

Actor Ingvar E. Sigurðsson won an award for Best Performance in the film A White, White Day at the Transilvania Film Festival (TIFF) this weekend. RÚV reports that this is the second award that Ingvar has won for the role in as many weeks; he was awarded the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award during the Cannes International Critics Week at the end of May.

Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur follows an off-duty police chief (Ingvar) who begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife. It will premiere in Iceland on September 6.

The film is written and directed by Hlynur Pálmason, who won Best Director at TIFF last year for his first feature, Vinterbrødre (Winter Brothers). Vinterbrødre also won Best Film at Denmark’s 2017 Bodil Awards.

Hera’s Here

It’s a rainy afternoon in Vancouver and actor Hera Hilmar has taken time out of her busy schedule to talk to Iceland Review. The young actor began making waves in Iceland only a few years ago, impressing in her starring role in the well-received Life in a Fishbowl as well as on stage. Now, she’s playing the lead role in an upcoming Peter Jackson blockbuster due for release this holiday season. It’s not your typical Hollywood blockbuster, featuring a clear environmental agenda and a strong but flawed female lead. Tackling her newfound fame effortlessly, you get the feeling Hera’s role as ruffian hero Hester Shaw has changed her, but not quite in the way you’d expect.

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Trapped Again

Ólafur Darri is a charming, affable man – it really is no wonder how well he takes to the large screen. He oozes warmth as soon as he enters the coffeehouse, his contagious smile giving life to the room. Even though he is one of Iceland’s most successful actors, Ólafur remains humble in his approach to his roles as well as life. In the midst of shooting the second season of Trapped, Ólafur takes a look back on a career which has spanned countless roles. Having conquered the Icelandic acting scene already, Ólafur is just getting started though.

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