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Benjamin Dove

Benjamin Dove is a nostalgic film, a tale of modern knights, dreams and reality, life and death. It takes place in late summer and early autumn in a small neighbourhood of the kind found in any town or village in the world. Four 10-12 year old boys form an Order of Knights to fight injustice in their immediate surroundings. They are pure of heart so their mission is a just one - almost holy. In their carefree world their dreams and fantasies become reality.

But the boys' fantasies collapse into harsh reality when their friendship breaks up and one of them leaves the Order. In his misery, envy and vengefulness he forms a rival gang to fight his former friends, and things get out of hand. Petty squabbles turn to hatred and children's games to war.

Benjamin Dove is a film about growing up, the universal tale of events which destroy childhood innocence in one blow, leaving nothing behind. It is a mythical tale of the creation and loss of a private world. Like many myths, it ends in tragedy, but not without hope, because true friendship never dies. It lives in your memory and colors each day of your existence.

Crew

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    November 9, 1995, Stjörnubíó
  • Genre
    Family, Drama
  • Length
    91 min.
  • Language
    Icelandic
  • Original Title
    Benjamín dúfa
  • International Title
    Benjamin Dove
  • Production Year
    1995
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Sweden, Germany
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Based on a
    Novel
  • Production Format
    35mm
  • Aspect Ratio
    1.85:1
  • Color
    Yes
  • Sound
    Dolby Stereo SR
  • Screening format and subtitles
    Betacam SP with English sub.

Festivals

  • 2014
    Tokyo Northern Lights Festival
  • 1998
    Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, Canada
  • 1998
    Montréal International Children's Film Festival (FIFEM), Canada
  • 1998
    Amman, Jordan
  • 1998
    Singapore International Film Festival
  • 1997
    Palm Spring International Film Festival, USA
  • 1997
    International Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1997
    Nordic. Child., Latvia
  • 1997
    Nordic Film Festival, Japan
  • 1997
    Film-Fest, Vaduz, Lichtenstein
  • 1997
    International Film Festival, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1997
    Chicago International Children Film Festival, USA
  • 1997
    Cinemagic, Northern Ireland - Award: 1. prize as best picture
  • 1997
    Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece
  • 1996
    Nordische Filmtage, Lübeck, Germany
  • 1996
    Ourense Film Festival, Spain - Award: The audience prize as best film.
  • 1996
    Film Festival Ragazzi Bellinzona, Switzerland - Award: Awarded the 2. prize as best picture, "II Castello d'argento"
  • 1996
    Nordic Children's Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1996
    2. Childrens Film Festival in Marl, Germany - Award: 1. prize as best picture from the childrens jury and special mention (Lobenden Erwähnung) from the grown-up jury
  • 1996
    Oulu International Children's Film Festival, Finland
  • 1996
    Gothenburg, Sweden (Screening out of competition)
  • 1996
    Official Selection Children's Film Fest, Berlin, Germany
  • 1996
    BUFF, Malmö, Sweden - Opening Film
  • 1996
    Ale Kino, Poznan, Poland - Award: Special Mention, Marcinek, for director Gísli Snær Erlingsson
  • 1996
    Minneapolis, USA
  • 1996
    Varna, Bulgaria - Award: Grand prix of the International jury. Award of the Children Jury.
  • 1996
    Prague, Czech Republic (Screening out of competition)
  • 1996
    Harstad, Norway
  • 1996
    Giffoni, Italy - Award: Two prizes from the city of Salerno, one for best film and one for good acting.
  • 1996
    Haugasund, Norway - Award: New Nordic Films & Amanda Nomination.
  • 1996
    Riga, Latvia
  • 1996
    Umeå, Sweden
  • 1996
    Carrousel Rimouski, Canada - Award: Nomination for Best Actor (Sigfús Sturluson)
  • 1996
    Mill Valley, USA
  • 1996
    International Film & Videofestival for Children & Youth, Kernan, Iran - Award: Awarded the "Golden Butterfly" for best film.
  • 1996
    Cork, Rep. of Ireland
  • 1996
    MIFED, Italy (Beta Taurus)

Releases

  • Sena, 2008 - DVD
  • Námsgagnastofnun, 1997 - VHS
  • Baldur kvikmyndagerð, 1997 - VHS