Danish film ‘Sparrows’ wins Golden Shell for Best Film at San Sebastian Film Festival

Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson’s second film takes top prize in Toronto

‘Sparrows’, a film by the Danish production company Nimbus Film directed by Icedlander Rúnar Rúnarsson, has been awarded the Golden Shell for Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Toronto.

Coming-of-age tale
The film, set in Rúnarsson’s home country, is a coming-of-age story about the struggles of a 16-year-old boy who moves from living with his mother in Reykjavik to be with his father in the remote Wesfjords.

According to producer Mikkel Jersin, the setting is an integral part of the film.

“I think it’s simply impossible not to be deeply moved by the story. It is poetic realism that gets into your soul,” he said.

“’Sparrows’ takes place at the world’s end in Northwest Iceland in a little melancholy microcosm of a fishing village where the sun never sets in the summer and time stands still. For us this was the perfect setting for a film about life’s crossroads.”

‘Sparrows’ is Rúnarsson’s second feature film, having premiered his debut ‘Volcano’ in 2011. He is a graduate of Denmark’s national film school and his 2004 short film ‘The Last Farm’ received an Oscar nomination.





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