Blackport Garners Recognition at 2023 Edda Awards

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The Edda Awards, the annual awards for Icelandic film and television, were held last night, March 19.

By far the most decorated production of the evening was Verbúðin (English title: Blackport), a historical drama about the fishing quota system in Iceland. Nominated in 16 categories, Blackport took home 9 awards.

Winners in their categories are highlighted in bold.

Film of the Year

  • Svar við bréfi Helgu (A Letter from Helga)
  • Sumarljós og svo kemur nóttin (Summer Light, and then Comes the Night)
  • Against the Ice
  • Berdreymi (Beautiful Beings)
  • Volaða Land (Godland)

Documentary of the Year

  • Velkominn Árni (Welcome, Árni)
  • Út úr myrkrinu (Out of the Dark)
  • Sundlaugasögur (Swimming Pool Stories)

Television Series of the Year

  • Trom
  • Svörtu sandar (Black Sand)
  • Randalín og Mundi: Dagar í desember (Randalín and Mundi: Days in December)
  • Brúðkaupið mitt (My Wedding)
  • Verbúðin (Blackport)

Director of the Year

  • Heimir Bjarnason (Þrot)
  • Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir (Svar við bréfi Helgu)
  • Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Berdreymi)
  • Hlynur Pálmason (Volaða Land)
  • Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Gísli Örn Garðarsson & María Reyndal (Verbúðin)

See the full list of Edda Awards nominees here.

The Edda Prize was first awarded in 1999 for excellence in Icelandic film and television and is awarded annually. This year’s award ceremony was noteworthy as the final Edda Awards for both film and television. Future award ceremonies will split the two. In total, some 165 works were submitted for consideration this year. Of these, 117 were television productions, 10 were films, 9 were documentaries, and 22 were children- and youth media.

Read our profile of Verbúðin here.

Valdimar Jóhannsson’s Lamb Sweeps Edda Awards

Lilja Jóns. Lamb

Valdimar Jóhansson’s 2021 film, Lamb, swept the Edda awards, which took place this Sunday September 18.

Nominated in 13 categories, the folk horror film took home a total a 12 awards, including film of the year, director of the year (Valdimar Jóhannsson) and screenplay of the year (Valdimar Jóhannsson and Sjón).

The Edda Prize is awarded annually by the Icelandic Film and Television Academy since 1999. Under consideration this year were 154 television works, 10 films, 13 documentaries, and 15 entries for youth media.

Icelandic filmmaker Þráinn Bertelsson was also recognized for his work in cinema. Þráinn is best known for his films Jón Oddur & Jón Bjarni (1981), Dalalíf (1984), Skammdegi (1985), and Magnús (1989). He has since been active in journalism and politics.

At the award ceremony, Þráinn stated: “I am extremely grateful that I somehow managed to work only on things that I was interested in. Everything I do, I do for fun and hopefully for someone else too.”

Iceland’s contribution to the 2022 Oscars was also selected at the award ceremony, Berdreymi (Beautiful Beings), by director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson. The film concerns a troubled teenage boy with a difficult home who befriends a bullied child at school. According to the jury, the film “is a haunting story that is presented with calmness and consideration […] The tone, spirit, and feel of the narrative exploits the potential of the form in a remarkable way, resulting in a raw and powerful cinematic experience.” Guðmundur is also known for his 2016 film, Hjartasteinn (Heartstone).

Read more: Of Lamb and Legends (for subscribers)