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'Under The Tree' wins big at Iceland's Edda Awards

'Under The Tree' wins big at Iceland's Edda Awards
Iceland-Poland-Denmark-Germany co-pro picks up seven awards including best film and best director.

Under The Tree was the big winner at Iceland’s Edda Awards on Sunday.

The film won seven awards: best film, best director (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson), best actress (Edda Björgvinsdóttir), best actor (Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson), supporting actor (Sigurður Sigurjónsson), best original screenplay (Huldar Breiðfjörð and Sigurðsson) and best special effects (The Gentlemen Broncos).

Baldvin Z won best documentary for Beyond Strength, about an Icelandic strongman, while Best Short Film went to Atelier by Elsa María Jakobsdóttir.

Best Children’s programme went to Guðrún Ragnarsdóttir’s Summer Children, which premiered in Tallinn Black Nights.

On the TV side, Ragnar Bragason’s Ruv series Prisoners won 10 prizes.

Under The Tree, an Iceland-Poland-Denmark-Germany co-production, premiered in Venice Orizzonti before going to Toronto; the film went on to win awards in the Hamptons, Zurich and Fantastic Fest, among others. The dark comedy/tragedy was Iceland’s submission for the foreign-language
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Berlin: Stellan Skarsgard Stars in ‘Gordon & Paddy,’ Trailer Launches (Exclusive)

Variety has been given exclusive access to the international trailer for the kids’ animated movie “Gordon & Paddy,” which stars Stellan Skarsgard in the voice-cast. The film, which has its international premiere in the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation KPlus section, is being sold by Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales.

The voice-cast of Linda Hambäck’s film also features Melinda Kinnaman (“Modus”) and comedian Felix Herngren, who penned the script for “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.”

The film tells the story of the forest’s police chief Gordon, who is about to retire and needs to find a new assistant. Paddy, a clever mouse with a great sense of smell, seems to be the right candidate. Together they have to solve Gordon’s last case – the mystery of squirrel’s missing nuts.

“Gordon & Paddy” is produced by Lee Film’s Hambäck and Lina Jonsson, and is co-produced
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Full Line-up Announced for 41st Annual Portland International Film Festival

Earlier today the folks at the Northwest Film Center announced the full line-up for this year’s Portland International Film Festival, and have published a Pdf for all to read online. The printed copies will be making their way around town this week.

The Northwest Film Center is proud to reveal the 41st Portland International Film Festival (Piff 41) lineup. This year’s Festival begins on Thursday, February 15th and runs through Thursday, March 1st. Our Opening Night selection is the new comedy The Death of Stalin from writer/director Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). The film, adapted from the graphic novel by Fabien Nury, stars Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, and Michael Palin. The Death of Stalin will screen simultaneously on Opening Night at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum (1219 Sw Park Ave) and on two screens at Regal Fox Tower 10 (846 Sw Park Ave).

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Slower Box Office Film Year Across the Nordics, Checked by Few Domestic Hits

Slower Box Office Film Year Across the Nordics, Checked by Few Domestic Hits
Last year, Finland’s “The Unknown Soldier,” Sweden’s “Solsidan,” and the Icelandic duo of “I Remember You” and “Under the Tree” boosted their domestic territories’ hauls, unlike in Denmark and Norway where the lack of local and U.S. blockbusters sparked lacklustre end-of-year results. A drill-down on results:

Finland

2017 will go down as the year of Aku Louhimies’ war film “The Unknown Soldier.” Produced to coincide with the country’s celebration of the centenary of its independence, the Finnish film pulled in more than 10% of the total admissions, despite a late October release. The drama, based on Väino Linna’s literary gem, grossed €13.1 million ($16.2 million), nearly three times the results of the No. 2 title, Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.

According to preliminary estimates from the Finnish Film Foundation, “The Unknown Soldier” largely contributed to the 9 million general admissions (up 3.4% from 2016), a level not seen since 1983. Film revenues also peaked at €100 million ($124 million), up 9% vs
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How Icelandic Black Comedy ‘Under the Tree’ Shows the Worst In People

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There aren’t many trees in Iceland. So having one in your backyard is cause for people to get very emotionally attached. In the Icelandic black comedy “Under the Tree,” they might even go so far as to commit violence. “Under the Tree” is about a bitter squabble between two neighboring couples in the suburbs. A tree in one family’s backyard blocks the sun (admittedly a rarity in typically bleak Icelandic summers) shining onto the other’s patio. Everything starts awkwardly mundane, but things slowly escalate into frigid suburban warfare involving throwing bags of dog poop, leaving creepy garden gnomes in each.
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‘Loveless,’ ‘The Line,’ ‘Under the Tree’ Picked as Foreign-Language Oscar Candidates

‘Loveless,’ ‘The Line,’ ‘Under the Tree’ Picked as Foreign-Language Oscar Candidates
Iceland, Russia and Slovakia have selected Gunnar Sigurdsson’s “Under the Tree,” Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” and Peter Bebjak’s “The Line,” respectively, for the foreign-language Oscar race.

Loveless” (pictured) world-premiered in competition at Cannes, where it earned critical acclaim and won the jury prize. It’s the third film directed by Zvyagintsev that has been chosen to represent Russia in the foreign-language Oscars race, following “The Return” and “Leviathan.” Co-written by Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, “Loveless” centers on a couple going through a vicious divorce when their 12-year-old son disappears.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North and Latin American rights to “Loveless” at Cannes. Spc previously released “Leviathan,” which won best screenplay at Cannes in 2014, best foreign-language film at the Golden Globes, and an Oscar nomination.

“Under the Tree,” which world-premiered at Venice and played at Toronto, is a dark comedy set in a quiet Icelandic suburb. The film follows a man who is forced to move
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Magnolia Picks Up ‘Under the Tree’

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Magnolia Picks Up ‘Under the Tree’
Magnolia has acquired North American rights to Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s “Under the Tree.” The comedy follows two neighboring families as tensions mount between them in a tranquil suburb. “Under the Tree” was written by Sigurdsson and Huldar Breidfjörd and produced by Grimar Jonsson. It was co-produced by a group including Iceland’s Netop Films, Poland’s Madants, Denmark’s Profile Pictures, and Germany’s One Two Films, and got additional support from the Icelandic Film Center, Danish Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Eurimages and Zdf/Arte. The movie premiered at the Venice Film
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