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7 items from 2009


World Film Report: Iceland (December 2009)

18 December 2009 3:20 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Two eagerly awaited films will appear at Christmas and year's end; Ragnar Bragason's Mr. Bjarnfredarson and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Mamma Gogo. The former, a culmination of Iceland's most popular TV series ever, The Night Shift, The Day Shift and The Prison Shift, stars Jon Gnarr, Petur Jóhann Sigfusson and Jorundur Ragnarsson. Mr. Bjarnfredarson is a darkly comic redemption story spanning almost fifty years, with emphasis on Georg (Gnarr), an over educated know-it-all, that has just been released from jail, but is still a prisoner of his own past. - Iceland Film Scene – Local: Business: As the year comes to an end, the local scene has been quiet on the surface, but behind the curtains the filmmaking community has been lobbying the authorities to reduce the drastic proposed 34% cut for film funding in the 2010 budget, a measure set to turn the industry upside down. A few days ago »

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HBO Lets 'Sunshine Boy' Pour In

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

No stranger for grabbing docu films to fill their cable television slate, Icelandcinemanow.com reports that HBO have grabbed Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s documentary The Sunshine Boy for an eventual April 2nd release expanding into major cities. - No stranger for grabbing docu films to fill their cable television slate, Icelandcinemanow.com reports that HBO have grabbed Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s documentary The Sunshine Boy for an eventual April 2nd release expanding into major cities. Having made its world preem at Tiff last September and receiving some good buzz, the doc film narrated by Kate Winslet and celandic singer Björk and the Icelandic band Sigur Ros offered their support in terms of score for a first-person account by producer Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir and her passionate quest to understand her severely autistic son Keli. With a poet's delicate touch Fridriksson explores the entire spectrum of autism, while »

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Mamma Gogo trailer

19 November 2009 6:47 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

A trailer for Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's new film, Mamma Gogo, has hit the web, unfortunately un subtitled for all you out there.It seems that Fridrik is returning to a subject that got him an Oscar nomination a few years back and at the same time riffing on his own career. The story is about a director who has just released a new film, Children of Nature, the same title as Fridrik's own Oscar bait, but the film is a complete bomb and the director is on the verge of bankruptcy. While this is going on his elderly mother is showing signs of Alzheimer's but refuses to be put up in a home. I'm guessing Fridrik is referring to how his own film didn't get any attention over here until it got the Oscar nod and then all of a sudden Icelanders love it, which is something we tend to do over here, »

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Winslet To Narrate Autism Documentary

26 August 2009 6:26 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winner Kate Winslet has signed up to narrate a heartbreaking new documentary about an Icelandic mother trying to come to terms with her son's autism.

The actress was compelled to be a part of director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's The Sunshine Boy after watching footage he sent her.

The film chronicles film producer Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir as she struggles to understand her severely autistic son Keli.

The star of the film says, "I am delighted and honoured that Kate agreed to do the narration. Her contribution plays an instrumental role in increasing awareness for autism, which many claim is the world's fastest-growing epidemic."

The Sunshine Boy is expected to receive rave reviews when it debuts as part of the Real to Reel section of the Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September. It features musical contributions from Icelandic stars Bjork and Sigur Ros. »

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Kate Winslet to narrate autism film

26 August 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Berlin -- Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has signed on to do the English narration on "The Sunshine Boy," a documentary exploring autism by famed Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson.

The film follows the attempt by film producer Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir to understand her severely autistic son Keli, a journey that eventually leads her halfway across the world to Austin, Texas and to famed autism therapist Soma Mukhophadhyay.

"The Sunshine Boy," which bowed in Iceland in January, will have its international premiere in the Reel to Reel sidebar of the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Fridriksson received an Oscar nomination for his 1991 senior citizens' drama. »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Ahead of Time, Stolen and The Sunshine Boy Among Five Added Titles to Tiff

19 August 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- With so much to see and do at Tiff, the five doc titles added to Tiff's Real to Reel section only reminds me that I'll probably leave the festival with that feeling of having "missed out." Word to publicists: keep your screeners handy. Among the five named below, Guo Xiaolu will come to Toronto with a current look on the fascinating country in transition (Once Upon a Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country) and with the buzz of having just won the Golden Leopard Grand Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival for She, A Chinese. Here are the added five. Ahead of Time Bob Richman, USA World Premiere This directorial debut from acclaimed cinematographer Bob Richman (The September Issue, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) creates a vivid portrait of Ruth Gruber. From the time she became the world’s youngest Ph.D. in 1931 at age 20 to her pivotal »

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Guo Xiaolu doc booked for Toronto

18 August 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- A day after his documentary "She, a Chinese" picked up the Golden Leopard award at Locarno, the Toronto International Film Festival booked Guo Xiaolu's "Once Upon a Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country" for a North American premiere.

The Chinese novelist-director's portrait of intersecting lives in post-Marxist contemporary China will unspool as part of Toronto's Real to Reel sidebar.

"She, a Chinese," Guo's English- and Chinese-language drama about a young girl's uneasy transition from a sleepy village to the nearest town, was earlier booked for Toronto.

Tiff on Tuesday also added to its September lineup documentaries on Disney animation's 1990s rebirth, Holocaust rescuer Ruth Gruber and stranded Algerian refugees.

Veteran Disney producer Don Hahn will receive a world premiere for "Waking Sleeping Beauty," an inside look at how Walt Disney animation produced a string of hits from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" to "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

The »

- By Etan Vlessing

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