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The eccentric Icelandic comedy Mr Bjarnfredarson has swept the country's movie awards and reached 20% of the population. But will the outside world care?

If Avatar has taught us anything, it's that making a film that's both critically acclaimed and commercially successful takes years of work, hundreds of millions of dollars, cutting-edge technology and a script about a Jesusy blue chap who rides around on a flying pike and gets off with sexy aliens whenever he can.

Although maybe that's just applicable to America. Iceland, on the other hand, appears to prefer downbeat comedies about ex-convicts. Last week, Icelandic comedy/drama Mr Bjarnfredarson became the most nominated film at the Icelandic film and television awards, picking up 11 nods for everything from best film to best director to best make-up. It accounts for three of the best leading actor nominations, too, which does seem a little inexplicable. The Prison Shift, the TV »

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