Lets face it, it’s inside weather in Reykjavík these days. But inside weather doesn’t have to mean a bad time! There are lots of exciting things going on this week for those of us who enjoy being inside in the warmth. This week’s top picks are especially compelling for cinema lovers.
Monday 11th February
Classic French Film Night, Háskólabíó, Hagatorg, 20:00, 1.300 ISK.
Alliance Française de Reykjavík’s annual film festival is currently in full swing. A large selection of French and Canadian films will be screened during the festival and tonight, there is a double feature of classic French films at Háskólabíó.
The films in question are Jean Vigo‘s 1933 film Zero For Conduct and François Truffaut‘s 1959 drama The 400 Blows. Both movies revolve around youth in revolt and will be screened with English subtitles. A truly delicious French film feast, bon appétit!
Tuesday 12th February
Najlepszy (The Best), Veröld – hús Vigdísar, Brynjólfsgata 1, 18:30, FREE.
There is no shortage of international film screenings in Reykjavík these days and we love it. German Film Days at Bíó Paradís have just finished, the aforementioned French film festival is ongoing and on Tuesday, there is a screening of the Polish film Najlepszy at Veröld – hús Vigdísar.
The film tells the incredible true story of Jerzy Górski who went from being a drug addict to an award-winning triathlon competitor. The film is an interesting insight into the seventies and eighties socialist Poland.
See also: The Story of Icelandic Cinema
Wednesday 13th February
Studio 54, Pablo Discobar, Veltusund 1, 21:00, FREE.
The fun and quirky Pablo Discobar has a fantastic mid-week party for boogie thirsty people in Reykjavík. On Wednesday night the DJ is sure to drop tunes from the Disco era so dress to impress on the dancefloor. The mood will be reminiscent of the legendary Studio 54 nightclub in New York.
Happy hour is from 4-6 and the bar makes yummy cocktails. Drink, dance and be merry in the middle of the week, it’s a great way to distract yourself from the weather.
See also: The Ultimate Guide to Downtown Reykjavík
Thursday 14th February
Icetralia live podcast recording, Húrra, Tryggvagata 22, 21:00, 1500 ISK.
Holy Saint Valentine, it’s the day of love! If you don’t have romantic plans with a loved one, we suggest you make a date with Iceland’s hottest Australian/Icelandic podcast duo.
Comedians Jonathan Duffy and Hugleikur Dagsson are doing a live recording of their popular podcast Icetralia. On the podcast, the two funnymen chew the fat about anything and everything.
Come prepared with questions, you can submit them anonymously to get advice about romance from men who are definitely not qualified to give it.
Friday 15th February
Svartidauði album release concert, Húrra, Tryggvagata 22, 21:00, 2.000 ISK.
One of Northern Europe’s biggest black metal bands is back with a brand new album and a release concert to celebrate. Revelation of the Red Sword is Svartidauði’s much anticipated second album, their first album Flesh Cathedral was one of “The 20 best metal albums of 2018” according to The Quietus.
In May, Svartidauði will be heading off on a European tour but not before they delight local metalheads with this album release concert. They’ll be joined by support acts Nornahetta and Almyrkvi, the latter of which is opening for them on their tour of Europe.
Saturday 16th February
Drag Race Finale Viewing Party, Loft Hostel, Bankastræti 7, 20:00, FREE.
Category is: All Stars Finale Extravaganza!
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 4 has been a wild ride so far and the finale should be one to remember. The four remaining queens—Monét X Change, Monique Hart, Naomi Smalls and Trinity The Tuck—all still have a chance to win the crown. Kitty girl, come and watch it live at Loft Hostel with other Drag Race enthusiasts.
The evening is hosted by Icelandic drag royalty, the fabulous Gógó Starr. There’ll be performances and games with prizes for the winners.
See also: Gay Iceland All You Need to Know
Sunday 17th February
Black Sundays: Grizzly Man, Bíó Paradís, Hverfisgata 54, 20:00, 1.600 ISK.
Bíó Paradís is the place to be on a Sunday evening. Black Sundays is their cult film series where the cinephiles of Reykjavík gather to watch cult classics and grab a drink.
This week’s feature is the remarkable documentary Grizzly Man. Directed by the infamous German director Werner Herzog, the film is made up of footage from the American environmental activist and bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell who along with his girlfriend Aime Huguenard was killed by a grizzly bear in 2003.
See also: Wildlife and Animals in Iceland