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Sparrows
Sparrows

Sparrows

The story follows a 16-year-old Icelandic boy, Ari, who lives with his mother in Reykjavík, She has to leave the country for a new job, sending him back to the small town of his youth. There he finds his old friend, suddenly a young woman with a tricky romantic relationship; and his father has become a victim of the financial crisis.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: October 2, 2015, Háskólabíó
  • International Premiere Date: September 11, 2015, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 99 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Þrestir
  • International Title: Sparrows
  • Production Year: 2015
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Denmark, Croatia
  • IMDB: Sparrows
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: Super 16mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Color: Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP, English subtitles

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Cast

Company Credits

Festivals

  • Filmfestival del Garda, 2017 - Award: Special mention by the jury.
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2016 - Award: Nominated for Special Effects of the year (Eggert Baldvinsson, Haukur Karlsson og Jón Már Gunnarsson). Nominated for Screenplay of the year (Rúnar Rúnarsson). Nominated for Sound Design of the year (Ingvar Lundberg og Kjartan Kjartansson). Nominated for Editing of the year (Jacob Secher Schulsinger). Nominated for Film of the year. Nominated for Cinematography of the year (Sophia Olsson). Nominated for Leading Actor of the year (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson). Nominated for Supporting Actor of the year (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson). Nominated for Supporting Actress of the year (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir). Nominated for Director of the year (Rúnar Rúnarsson). Nominated for Sound Design of the year (Gunnar Óskarsson). Nominated for Supporting Actress of the year (Kristbjörg Kjeld).
  • Göteborg Film Festival, 2016 - Award: Won FIPRESCI Award.
  • Spirit of Fire International Film Festival, 2016 - Award: Won the Golden Taiga (Grand Prix)
  • Mamers en Mars European Film Festival, 2016 - Award: Won for Best Film.
  • Febiofest - Prague International Film Festival, 2016 - Award: Won the Grand Prix.
  • Lucca Film Festival, 2016
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, 2016
  • Wisconsin Film Festival, 2016
  • Le Festival Cinéma d’Alès – Itinérances, 2016
  • !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival, 2016
  • Sofia International Film Festival, 2016
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2016
  • Transilvania International Film Festival, 2016 - Award: Won Special Jury Award.
  • Scandinavian Film Festival LA, Los Angeles, 2016
  • Love & Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival, 2016
  • Cool Connections, Moskva, Rússland, 2016
  • Film Festival della Lessinia, Verona, Ítalíu, 2016
  • Love & Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival, 2016
  • Lucas Film Festival, 2016
  • Premiers Plans Angers Film Festival, 2016
  • Valence Scenario, 2016
  • Titanic International Film Festival, 2016
  • Jeonju International Film Festival, 2016
  • Seattle International Film Festival, 2016
  • ZLÍN Film Festival, 2016
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2016
  • Valletta Film Festival, 2016
  • Jerusalem Film Festival, 2016
  • Bogota Independant Film Festival, 2016
  • Oostende Film Festival, 2016
  • Toronto International Film Festival, 2015
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Golden Shell for Best Film.
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Silver Hugo award in the New Directors competition.
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, 2015
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Best Fiction in New Directors competition, Best Screenplay.
  • Warsaw International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won for Best Film in the 1-2 Competition.
  • Scanorama, 2015
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2015
  • Tofifest, 2015
  • TIFF, 2015
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won Artistic Achievement Award.
  • Molodist - Kiev International Film Festival, 2015
  • Braunschweig International Film Festival, 2015
  • Nouveau Cinema Montreal, 2015
  • Minsk International Film - Listapad, 2015
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2015
  • Reykjavík International Film Festival, 2015
  • Bratislava International Film Festival, 2015
  • Zagreb Film Festival, 2015
  • Kerala International Film Festival, 2015
  • Les Arcs Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Crystal Arrow for Best Film, for Best Actor (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson), Best Cinematography (Sophia Olsson) and the Press Prize.

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