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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.

Crew

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
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Production Format
    Super 16mm
  • Aspect Ratio
    16:9
  • Color
    Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP, English subtitles

Festivals

  • 2017
    Filmfestival del Garda - Award: Special mention by the jury.
  • 2016
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - 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).
  • 2016
    Göteborg Film Festival - Award: Won FIPRESCI Award.
  • 2016
    Spirit of Fire International Film Festival - Award: Won the Golden Taiga (Grand Prix)
  • 2016
    Mamers en Mars European Film Festival - Award: Won for Best Film.
  • 2016
    Febiofest - Prague International Film Festival - Award: Won the Grand Prix.
  • 2016
    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 - Award: Won Special Jury Award.
  • 2016
    International Film Festival of Kerala - Additional screenings
  • 2016
    Taipei Film Festival
  • 2016
    Voices Vologda Film Festival
  • 2016
    Gimli Film Festival
  • 2016
    Film by the Sea Internatioanl Film Festival
  • 2016
    Cine Tapis Rouge
  • 2016
    Eurasia International Film Festival
  • 2016
    Schlingel International Film Festival
  • 2016
    New Scandinavian Cinema
  • 2016
    Denver Film Festival
  • 2016
    The Northern Film Festival
  • 2016
    KINOdiseea International Children's Film Festival
  • 2016
    American Scandinavian Foundation Screenings
  • 2016
    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
  • 2015
    Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2015
    San Sebastián International Film Festival - Award: Won the Golden Shell for Best Film.
  • 2015
    Chicago International Film Festival - Award: Won the Silver Hugo award in the New Directors competition.
  • 2015
    Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 2015
    Sao Paulo International Film Festival - Award: Best Fiction in New Directors competition, Best Screenplay.
  • 2015
    Warsaw International Film Festival - Award: Won for Best Film in the 1-2 Competition.
  • 2015
    Scanorama
  • 2015
    Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
  • 2015
    Tofifest
  • 2015
    TIFF
  • 2015
    Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Award: Won Artistic Achievement Award.
  • 2015
    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 - Award: Won the Crystal Arrow for Best Film, for Best Actor (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson), Best Cinematography (Sophia Olsson) and the Press Prize.