The Garden Sweeps Up at Iceland’s Edda Awards

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Iceland’s Edda Awards ceremony took place last night, handing out accolades to the best film and television produced last year. Ragnar Bragason’s film The Garden (Gullregn) swept up at the ceremony, taking home 9 awards from its 12 nominations. The film won in the categories Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, and Best Actress.

The Garden tells the story of Indíana (Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir), who lives in a council estate, where she tends to an award-winning tree. Her world is turned on its head when her son Jónas (Eyþór Gunnlaugsson) turns up with a foreign girlfriend (Karolina Gruszka).

Another notable winner was the Stöð 2 TV series RAX Augnablik, focusing on the career of photographer Ragnar Axelsson. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson of Trapped fame took home the Best Actor award for the leading role in The Minister (Ráðherrann). Comedian Ari Eldjárn’s Netflix special Pardon My Icelandic took home the award for Best Comedy Show.

The Icelandic trailer for The Garden can be seen below.

Agnes Joy is Iceland’s 2021 Oscar Submission

Agnes Joy Icelandic film

Feature film Agnes Joy will be Iceland’s submission to the 2021 Oscar Awards. The film recently received nine nominations at Iceland’s Edda Awards for film and theatre and won in six categories, including Best Film, Best Script, and Best Actress in a Leading Role. Nordic Drama reported first.

Agnes Joy follows the middle-aged Rannveig (Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir), who is bored by her suburban life. When a well-known actor moves in next door, both Rannveig and her rebellious daughter Agnes (Donna Cruz) become interested in him. The film also features performances from Þorsteinn Bachmann, who plays Rannveig’s husband, and rapper Kristinn Óli Haraldsson (known as Króli).

Read More: Agnes Joy Premieres in South Korea

The 93rd Academy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 25, 2021. A shortlist of ten foreign films will be announced by the Academy on February 9 and the final five nominees will be revealed on March 15, 2021.

 

Woman At War Wins Ten Eddas

Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman At War (Kona fer í strið) won in all ten of the categories that it was nominated for at the Eddas, Iceland’s most prestigious Film and Television award, on Friday night RÚV reports.

The film, which was also chosen as Iceland’s submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, stars Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir and tells the story of an eco-activist whose efforts to disrupt large-scale industry in Iceland are complicated when she learns that her long-awaited adoption is about to become a reality. It is set to be adapted in the US by Jodie Foster.

Woman At War won in the categories of Film of the Year, Script, Sound, Editing, Cinematography, Actress in a Starring Role, Set Design, Score, Special Effects, and Best Director.

Director Baldvin Z’s Let Me Fall (Lof mér að falla) was actually nominated for more Eddas—12 in total—but only won in four categories: Costume Design, Makeup, Actress in a Supporting Role, and Actor in a Supporting Role.

See a trailer of Woman at War herewith English subtitles and Let Me Fall here.