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Sparrows
Directed by: Runar Runarsson
Iceland 2015
99 Min  | Subtitles in Hebrew, English

This Icelandic film was first screened in Toronto last year and only a couple of weeks later, it was awarded the Golden Shell, the premier prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Since then he has toured every single festival around the world collecting additional awards along the way. This is the story of Ari, a 16 year old boy who lives with his mother in Reykjavik, but when she decides to follow her boyfriend to the other end of the world, Ari is forced to return to his native village in the north of the country and to the home of his boorish, drunken father. Faced with a grim, harsh and violent man who doesn't care much about his unwanted guest and with friends who no longer look like the ones he once had before he left the village, Ari longs for his mother and the city but learns to adapt to his surroundings and even manages to get rid of some of the chips on his father’s shoulders. The film represented Iceland at 2016 Foreign Language Oscars.

Runar Runarsson – studied film in Denmark between the years 2005-9 and started making short films as studies for the features that would come later. Volcano (2011) told the story of an old man who had grown apart from his children, but once retired, after his wife gets sick, he tries to reconnect with them and atone for his past coldness. For his second film, he chose to deal with the perspective of a young generation, always underlining that he tries to tell stories that are true not only in Iceland but everywhere else as well.

 

Screened at the 4th Arava International Film Festival (2015)

Courtesy by:
Icelandic Film Centre