Icelandic Film Retrospective in NYC

Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm and Saturdays @ 3 pm, September 16 – December 12

Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm and Saturdays @ 3 pm, September 16 – December 12
(Except October 14 – 24)
Series Pass: $72 ($48 ASF Members)

For the first time ever in America, this 10-week festival celebrates the art of Icelandic filmmaking in weekly presentations of the best feature-length and short films produced in Iceland over the past 30 years.  These movies showcase the diversity of Icelandic cinema, and explores Iceland’s national sensibility in a beautiful way.

Icelandic cinema came into its own with the founding of the Icelandic Film Fund, now the Icelandic Film Centre, in 1979. The creation of the film fund had an immediate impact and led to new national productions. To celebrate this 30th anniversary, New York’s Scandinavia House is hosting this comprehensive 10-film retrospective and pairing each with a selection of Icelandic short films. Spanning many styles and genres, these films reflect the excellence and diversity of Icelandic film.

Filmmaking reflects the role generally played by art:  to mirror socio-cultural evolution and serve as a platform where questions are asked and experiments made. In Iceland, the opposition between myths and modernity, and between traditions and globalization are frequent themes in film of all categories: documentaries, literature and Saga adaptations, feature films, experimental films and short films. For years, Icelandic films have been presented at major film festivals around the world and have regularly garnering high praise and winning top international prizes.

The Icelandic Film Retrospective is supported by Iceland Naturally and Icelandair Cargo.