Black's Game
Black's Game

Black's Game

The last few years of the last millennium marked a transformational period for the Icelandic underworld. What had been a relatively innocent playground for petty criminals and “hobby pushers” progressed into the organized and violent industry that prevails today.


In the mid to late 90's, the Reykjavik crime and drug scene saw a drastic change from a relatively small and innocent world into a much more aggressive and violent one. The film tells the story of this change through the fictional gang of pushers that took control of Iceland's underworld. The film uses framework a handful of real events from the period; the Ecstasy revolution, two armed bank heists, a large scale insurance scam and the biggest drug-bust in the country’s history. All these events shook Icelandic society profoundly, not least because of the high level of professionalism.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: March 2, 2012, Smárabíó
  • International Premiere Date: February 1, 2012, International Film Festival Rotterdam
  • Genre: Thriller, Detective
  • Length: 104 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Svartur á leik
  • International Title: Black's Game
  • Production Year: 2012
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Black's Game
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Based on a : Novel
  • Antecendent Title: Black's Game
  • Production Format: HD
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP with English sub.



Company Credits


  • Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finnlandi, 2015
  • Nordic Film Fest, Rome, 2014
  • Icelandic Film Festival, Nuuk, 2014
  • Gimli Film Festival, 2013
  • Filmfest Oslo, Norway, 2013
  • Victoria Film Festival, Canada, 2013
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico, 2013
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2013 - Award: Script of the year (Óskar Thór Axelsson). Actor of the year in a supporting role (Damon Younger). Actress of the year in a supporting role (María Birta Bjarnadóttir). Nominated for feature film of the year. Nominated for director of the year (Óskar Thór Axelsson). Nominated for actor of the year (Thor Kristjansson and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson). Nominated for cinematography of the year (Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson). Nominated for editing of the year (Kristján Loðmfjörð. Nominated for special effects of the year (Haukur Karlsson). Nominated for set design of the year (Haukur Karlsson). Nominated for music of the year (Frank Hall). Nominated for sound design of the year (Huldar Freyr Arnarson). Nominated for costume design of the year (Margrét Einarsdóttir). Nominated for make-up achievement of ther year (Steinunn Þórðardóttir).
  • L'Etrange Festival de Paris, France, 2012
  • Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland, 2012
  • Lowlands Festival, Holland, 2012
  • Fantasia Film Festival, Canada, 2012
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2012 - Award: Nominated for The Tiger Awards.
  • Berlin International Film Festival, Market Screenings, 2012
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2012
  • Stockholm International Film Festival, 2012
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2012
  • Crossing Europe Filmfestival, 2012
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2012
  • Filmfest München., 2012
  • Warsaw International Film Festival, Warsaw, Polland,, 2012
  • Chicago International Film Festiva, Chicago, USA,, 2012
  • CPH PIX, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012
  • Kaohsiung Film Festival, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2012
  • Istanbul Autumn Film Week, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
  • Saint Petersburg Internatiional Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2012
  • REC Festival Internacional de Cinema de Tarragona, Tarragona, Spain, 2012
  • Plus Camerimage, International Film Festival of the Art of the Cinematography, Bydgoszcz, Polland, 2012
  • SUBTITLE European Film Festival, Icelandic New Wave, Ireland, 2012

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