Pop in Reykjavik

Pop in Reykjavik is an indispensable documentary on the vibrant Icelandic pop scene. After Björk and the Sugarcubes paved the way, a number of bands are on the threshold of international fame (or oblivion) and this is a cross section of the best. Pop in Reykjavik is not merely a collection of excellent concert footage, but also includes a glimpse into the life of the artists, whether backstage, at the bar or in the bath! As a bonus, gay celeb Paul Oscar takes the audience on a hilarious tour of Reykjavik nightlife. The film truly captures the brutal power and unique ambience of Icelandic pop music, treading the fine line between Cult and Classic.

About the film

  • Type
  • National Premiere Date
    October 27, 1998, Bíóborgin
  • Genre
  • Length
    103 min.
  • Language
    Icelandic, English
  • Original Title
    Popp í Reykjavík
  • International Title
    Pop in Reykjavik
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
    Dolby Surround
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm film with English sub. -


  • 2011
    Filmfest Hamburg, Icelandic retrospective
  • 2010
    Summer Film School
  • 2000
    Göteborg Film Festival
  • 2000
    Cinequest, San Jose F. Festival
  • 2000
    Seventh Heaven Film Year
  • 1999
    Berlin Film Festival Market
  • 1999
    Natfilm Festival
  • 1999
    Seattle Film Festival
  • 1999
    Sao Paulo Film Festival
  • 1999
    Stockholm Int. Film Festival
  • 1999
    Northern Lights
  • 1999
    Tallinn, Black Nights F. Festival

Television distribution

  • Iceland
    RÚV, 2000


  • 101 ehf., 1998 - VHS