Magazine article Screen International

‘A White, White Day’ Triumphs at Nordic Film Days in Lubeck

Magazine article Screen International

‘A White, White Day’ Triumphs at Nordic Film Days in Lubeck

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The audience prize was won by Mika Kaurismäki’s Master Cheng.

Hlynur Pálmason’s second feature A White, White Day has won the top prize at Nordic Film Days in Lubeck in Germany.

The NDR Film Prize includes a cash award of [Euro]12,500.

It is the second consecutive year an Icelandic film has won the award following Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman At War win in 2018.

A White, White Day premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week and is a tale of grief and revenge, revolving around a former policeman in a small Icelandic town. International sales are handled by New Europe Film Sales and a German theatrical release is planned by Arsenal Filmverleih on February 13, 2020.

Pálmason is the fourth Icelandic filmmaker in recent years to receive Lübeck’s top award. As well as Woman At War, the NDR Film Prize was won by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson’s debut Heartstone in 2016 and Baldvin Z.’s Life In A Fishbowl in 2014.

Another Icelandic filmmaker among the prize-winners this year was Rúnar Rúnarsson, whose offbeat Christmas film Echo won the Interfilm Church Film Prize.

French outfit Jour2Fête is handling sales on the film, which uses 56 scenes from Iceland over the festive period to create a portrait of modern society. Rúnarsson was previously at Nordic Film Days with shorts in 2004, 2009 and 2010 as well as feature debut Volcano in 2015 and Sparrows in 2016. …

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