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Fantasia 2012: ‘Black’s Game’ Makes Unfamiliar Moves

Black’s Game aka Svartur á leik

Written by Óskar Thór Axelsson, based on the novel Svartur á leik by Stefán Máni

Directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson

Iceland 2012 Fantasia imdb

It would be easy to describe dismiss Black’s Game as an Icelandic crime thriller, but that would be short changing this stylish film that zags every time you expect it to zig, making choices that make sense but are completely opposite to the choices made in other, similar crime films.

As a prime example, in the middle of the film, the crime gang performs a daring daylight bank robbery. When they count up their ill-gotten gains, the co-leader of the gang, Tóti (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson) complains that they make more money in one day selling drugs with much less risk and without doing the dirty (criminal) work themselves. In most films, drugs are what topples a successful criminal empire; in Black’s Game,
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Iffr 2012 Interview: ÓSKAR THÓR Axelsson Talks Black's Game

(How to look composed while your high-profile debut film has its world premiere at an international festival, lesson 1...) On Wednesday the 1st of February 2012, the Icelandic crime thriller "Svartur á Leik" aka. "Black's Game" had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the last of this year's Tiger Award nominees to do so. Which turned out to be some pretty excellent planning on the festival's behalf, but more about that later... One day after the event I was lucky enough to interview its director Óskar Thór Axelsson. We discussed his approach of the story, the casting, the real-life events on which the book and the movie have been based, some bits about himself... What we did Not discuss was the paying...
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Rotterdam 2012. Tiger Awards Competitions Lineups

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Voice of My Father

The International Film Festival Rotterdam, opening on January 25 and running through February 5, has announced two lineups today, the Tiger Awards Competition 2012 for first and second feature films — 15 films in all — and the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2012 with 21 films. Straight from the release:

Tiger Awards Competition 2012

De jueves a domingo (Thursday Till Sunday), Dominga Sotomayor, Chile/Netherlands, 2012, 96’, World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film. Sotomayor’s feature film début, expertly shot by Barbara Alvarez, is a Chilean road movie set in and around the car belonging to a middle-class family. Seen through eyes of the kids in the back, they embark on a four day holiday trip to the north, while the marriage is falling apart. Dominga Sotomayor’s short film Videojuego was screened in Rotterdam in 2010. De jueves a domingo was selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence 2010.

Babamin sesi (Voice of My Father), Orhan Eskiköy and Zeynel Dogan,
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Black's Game Teaser

Based on a controversial book about Iceland's seedy underbelly, which is largely based on real events and people, the film Black's Game (Svartur á Leik) revolves around how a young man is pulled in to the world of organized crime. Far from being glamorous the film directs its eye on the dark and the gritty reality of drug trafficking and casts a light on what many Icelanders refuse to even believe it exists in their picture perfect country. The film is produced by Zik Zak, producers of Noi the Albino and The Good Heart and commercial production house Filmus and is executive produced by Nicholas Winding Refn and Chris Briggs, producer of the Hostel films. The film is written and directed by first time feature director...
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Behind the scenes on Black Curse from the producers of Pusher and Hostel

I haven't talked about this film much as it's been in the pipeline for seems like ages but only recently got the go ahead to start filming. Based on a controversial crime novel by Stefán Máni Black Curse revolves around the Icelandic underworld and is based on actual events that took place in the 90's as the author spent time riding along with thugs and generally bad people to get his material. Director Oskar Thor Axelsson makes his feature film debut based on his own script. The film is being produced by Zik Zak the people behind The Good Heart and Noi Albinoi along with production outfit Filmus and executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn and Hostel's Chris Briggs and is slated to be released...
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