Following the story of a young girl who is sent to live with her relatives in the Icelandic countryside for a summer, “The Swan” is a poignant coming of age story written and directed by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir and based on the critically acclaimed Icelandic novel by Guðbergur Bergsson. Since the film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, it has played at festivals and cinemas worldwide. “The Swan” has won 4 major awards, including Best Film at Cairo International Film Festival, Best Director at Kolkata International Film Festival, Jury Special Mention at Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Jury Special Mention at Skip City International Film Festival in Japan last month.
Critics have raved that the film “is a wonderfully understated coming of age story,” and “beautifully and honestly captures a major turning point of childhood.”
Check out reviews and more info here!
Village Voice – In “The Swan,” a Nine-Year-Old Meets the World
Laemmle – The Swan
Roger Ebert – Reviews: The Swan
The Knockturnal – Film Review: ‘The Swan’
Culture Trip – Gripping Icelandic Drama ‘The Swan’ Launches a Gifted Director
“Let Me Fall”
Written and directed by Baldvin Z and Birgir Örn Steinarsson, “Let Me Fall” makes its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 6 at 6:00 PM, where it will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema section. The film develops when 15-year-old Magnea meets Stella and both their lives change forever. Stella’s no-holds-barred lifestyle drags them both into a world of drugs, which brings serious consequences for each of them and their relationship. Twelve years later, their paths cross again, and a reckoning between them becomes unavoidable. Check out the Hollywood Reporter’s review of the film here!
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