Íslenska

Black's Game

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.

Crew

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
  • 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

Festivals

  • 2015
    Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finnlandi
  • 2014
    Nordic Film Fest, Rome
  • 2014
    Icelandic Film Festival, Nuuk
  • 2013
    Gimli Film Festival
  • 2013
    Filmfest Oslo, Norway
  • 2013
    Victoria Film Festival, Canada
  • 2013
    Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico
  • 2013
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - 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).
  • 2012
    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 - Award: Nominated for The Tiger Awards.
  • 2012
    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