Today the fifth annual Stockfish International Film Festival & Industry Days starts in Reykjavík. The festival runs from today until the 10th of March and includes both film screenings and various industry related events. If you’re involved in the film industry or simply a cinephile, you don’t want to miss Stockfish.
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At the festival, you can expect to see the cream of the international film crop. Many of the films being screened have been nominated for awards at festivals like Cannes, Sundance and TIFF. The Festival programme includes films from Italy, Denmark, Taiwan, Argentina, Sweden and France, to name but a few. Below you can see a list of our top picks.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the festival is the events. This year there’s a great line-up of international speakers, panel discussions, workshops and masterclasses. The events are open to all and free of charge.
Among the masterclasses, there are a makeup masterclass with Ásta Hafþórsdóttir, a documentary filmmaking class with Luciano Barisone, and a music supervision and licencing masterclass with Jonathan Finegold. Further information about time and location can be found on Stockfish’s website.
One of the most exciting events is the Shortfish Short Film competition. Six films have been selected to compete, all six will have their premiere at the festival. The goal of the award is to support and encourage young, up and coming, Icelandic filmmakers.
There will also be a Nordic Female Filmmaker networking event with brilliant panellists from all over Scandinavia. The event will focus on solutions and opportunities for females fighting for gender equality in the film industry.
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You can buy a pass for the whole festival for 12,900 ISK. The pass grants you access to all events and screenings at the festival as long as there is space. You can also buy a card that’s valid for four screenings at the festival for 5,100 ISK. A ticket to a single screening costs 1,600 ISK. Tickets are available on tix.is.
All film screenings and most events will be held at the arthouse cinema, Bíó Paradís, on Hverfisgata 52. The festival runs from 28. February until 10. March. All non-English-speaking films will have English subtitles. See the program here.
Our Top Picks
As previously stated there are over twenty films being screened at the festival. Which means there is something for everyone; comedies, dramas, thrillers and documentaries. Here’s a list of the five films we’re most excited about seeing at Stockfish Film Festival.
Two Little Italians
This Italian feature is the story of two friends bumbling their way through Europe. Their adventurous journey brings them to all sorts of places and they learn to overcome their fears. At one point, they even visit Iceland. If there’s one thing Icelandic people love, it’s seeing their country on the big screen.
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The legendary Studio 54 nightclub in New York is the subject of this titillating documentary. The club has become symbolic for the disco-era and the changes that were happening in society at the time. An important part of LGBTQ history and a notorious drug market, this film tells the real story behind Studio 54.
You can’t have a film festival in a Nordic country without some Scandinavian realism. In this film, a teenage girl has to take care of her younger brother and unstable mother. Her long lost father comes to visit and is played by the Swedish-Icelandic actor Sverrir Guðnason. The director of the film, Camilla Ström Henriksen will be attending the festival and there will be a Q&A with her after the screening on March 1st.
The Great Buddha
This film is also a part of the first ever Taiwan Film Festival in Iceland and the UK, which runs from the 8th until the 24th of March. The film tells the story of best friends, Pickle and Belly Button, who work together in a factory. They discover that their boss has a secret and the discovery snowballs after a curious series of events.
This Argentinian film is based on true events from the seventies. It’s the story of a young and beautiful serial killer in Buenos Aires. This film is not for the faint of heart since it depicts lots of horrific crimes, often set to cheerful music.
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