Iceland - Best Foreign Language Film

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Icelandic submissions for the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film

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1. Land og synir (1980)

91 min | Drama

An Icelandic farmer's son has to move from his farm during the depression. He leaves everything to start a new life elsewhere. Set in the crisis years, it describes tension between the farms and cities.

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson | Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Jón Sigurbjörnsson, Jónas Tryggvason, Guðný Ragnarsdóttir

Votes: 62

2. Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli (1981)

100 min | Biography, Drama, History

From an authentic Viking saga, Outlaw tells the story of a family blood feud, set in 10th century Iceland.

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson | Stars: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson, Kristján Jóhann Jónsson, Þráinn Karlsson

Votes: 272

3. Okkar á milli: Í hita og þunga dagsins (1982)

91 min | Drama

Midlife crises as seen by Iceland's most controversial film director.

Director: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson | Stars: Benedikt Árnason, Andrea Oddsteinsdóttir, Júlíus Hjörleifsson, Margrét Gunnlaugsdóttir

Votes: 16

4. The House (1983)

101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The old house acquired by Bjorg and her husband Petur slowly takes on menacing proportions once Bjorg is left alone for a few days while Petur is away on business. While she is in the house... See full summary »

Director: Egill Eðvarðsson | Stars: Róbert Arnfinnsson, Kristin Bjarnadóttir, Þóra Borg, Borgar Garðarsson

Votes: 73

5. When the Raven Flies (1984)

109 min | Action, Drama

An Irish man seeks vengeance against the vikings who killed his parents.

Director: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson | Stars: Jakob Þór Einarsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Helgi Skúlason, Gotti Sigurdarson

Votes: 2,198

6. Deep Winter (1985)

88 min | Drama

A young widow, who has been living abroad, comes to stay with her in-laws on an isolated farm in the vicinity of a small fishing village on the west coast of Iceland. The widow has ... See full summary »

Director: Þráinn Bertelsson | Stars: Ragnheiður Arnardóttir, María Sigurðardóttir, Hallmar Sigurðsson, Eggert Þorleifsson

Votes: 27

7. The Beast (1986)

97 min | Drama

Helgi is a young man that dreams about becoming a writer and returns to his childhood home with his girlfriend Lára. While he's there he becomes obsessed with shooting a reindeer for unclear reasons.

Director: Hilmar Oddsson | Stars: Edda Heidrún Backman, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Jóhann Sigurðarson

Votes: 29

8. Skytturnar (1987)

73 min | Drama

Two friends, who are experienced whale hunters, decide to settle down in Rekyavik at the end of the whaling season. During a night on the town, the duo lands in a heap of trouble after they... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Thorarinn Oskar Thorarinsson, Eggert Gudmundsson, Harald G. Haraldsson, Karl Guðmundsson

Votes: 154

9. Shadow of the Raven (1988)

124 min | Drama

Trausti returns to Iceland just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother (the family head) is mortally wounded and Grim kills Erikur; the other ... See full summary »

Director: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson | Stars: Reine Brynolfsson, Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Egill Ólafsson, Sune Mangs

Votes: 746

10. Under the Glacier (1989)

89 min | Fantasy, Comedy

A hapless guy from the city visits an isolated Icelandic seaside settlement. He gradually realizes that the seals are not what they seem, and that two of the inhabitants are magicians, ... See full summary »

Director: Guðný Halldórsdóttir | Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Baldvin Halldórsson, Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Kristbjörg Kjeld

Votes: 86

11. The Adventures of Paper Peter (1990)

81 min | Family, Fantasy

Follows the adventure of a group of kids and a paper boy named Peter. Plane ride, box car racing and bad neighbors are all included.

Director: Ari Kristinsson | Stars: Sigríður Þórdís Bergsdóttir, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Ingólfur Guðvarðarson, Högni Snær Hauksson

Votes: 36

12. Children of Nature (1991)

82 min | Drama, Romance

Old Thorgeir must leave his home far off in the Icelandic 'countryside' and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik. There he meets an old friend from his childhood, Stella. ... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Gísli Halldórsson, Sigríður Hagalín, Baldvin Halldórsson, Björn Karlsson

Votes: 1,261

Nominated

13. As in Heaven (1992)

122 min | Drama, History

The west Coast of Iceland, late summer 1936. On a desolate farm, believed to be cursed since the 14th century, a tragic fate is about to befall the French exploration ship Pourquoi-pas.

Director: Kristín Jóhannesdóttir | Stars: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Pierre Vaneck, Sigursteinn Brynjólfsson, Christian Charmetant

Votes: 51

14. Hin helgu vé (1993)

84 min | Drama

On a small island in the west of Island, Gestur, only seven years old, falls in love with 20 years old Helga. When she introduces him her fiancée one day, he decides to fight the competitor... See full summary »

Director: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson | Stars: Steinþór Rafn Matthíasson, Alda Sigurðardóttir, Helgi Skúlason, Tinna Finnbogadóttir

Votes: 142

15. Movie Days (1994)

82 min | Drama

The story of a boyhood spent in Iceland in the 1960's. Tomas loves the movies and is highly influenced by them.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Örvar Jens Arnarsson, Rúrik Haraldsson, Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, Orri Helgason

Votes: 303

16. Tears of Stone (1995)

110 min | Biography, Drama

About the Icelandic composer Jon Leifs (1899-1968) who spent much of his life in Germany before WWII. The film begins in the 1930s after he has married the daughter of an industrialist, ... See full summary »

Director: Hilmar Oddsson | Stars: Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Ruth Olafsdottir, Winfried Wagner, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 96

17. Devil's Island (1996)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of families living in barracks, left by the US Army in Reykjavik at the conclusion of World War II.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Gísli Halldórsson, Sigurveig Jónsdóttir, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir

Votes: 953 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Count Me Out (1997)

78 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A little girl "kidnaps" her half-sister in order to get the attention of her father who left her mother years ago for another woman (who gave birth to her half-sister).

Director: Ari Kristinsson | Stars: Bergþóra Aradóttir, Freydís Kristófersdóttir, Edda Heidrún Backman, Halldóra Björnsdóttir

Votes: 180

20. The Honour of the House (1999)

98 min | Drama

A hypocritical and selfish older sister holds power over her younger sister by hiding the shame of her pregnancy.

Director: Guðný Halldórsdóttir | Stars: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Ragnhildur Gísladóttir, Agneta Ekmanner, Rúrik Haraldsson

Votes: 155

21. Angels of the Universe (2000)

100 min | Biography, Drama

Páll is an artistic and sensitive young man. Getting dumped by his girlfriend, Dagny, triggers his descent into madness. We follow him on his way to what seems like inevitable doom; at home... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Baltasar Kormákur, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson

Votes: 2,629

22. The Seagull's Laughter (2001)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Post-war provincial Iceland: around 1950, Freyja, who'd been a plump teen, returns from America, a widow with a 20-inch waist, seven suitcases of dresses, and a list of who ever wronged or ... See full summary »

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson | Stars: Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Ugla Egilsdóttir, Heino Ferch, Hilmir Snær Guðnason

Votes: 637

23. The Sea (2002)

Unrated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

A rich father in a fisher village plans to take on the project of writing his life story. But first he has to take on his own family, and everybody wants something...

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Hélène de Fougerolles, Kristbjörg Kjeld

Votes: 1,528 | Gross: $0.06M

24. Noi the Albino (2003)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, ... See full summary »

Director: Dagur Kári | Stars: Tómas Lemarquis, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Elín Hansdóttir, Anna Friðriksdóttir

Votes: 8,663 | Gross: $0.06M

25. Cold Light (2004)

90 min | Drama

What could be better than knowing your future? And what could be worse? A love-filled childhood abruptly ends when catastrophe descends. One that the child had foreseen yet failed to act upon.

Director: Hilmar Oddsson | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir, Ruth Olafsdottir, Steinunn Harðardóttir

Votes: 546

26. In Tune with the Time (2004)

95 min | Musical, Comedy

In tune with the time, mostly from the same characters as appeared in the film, on top (1982), except what are those characters 22 years older.

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson | Stars: Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, Helga Braga Jónsdóttir, Andrea Gylfadóttir, Ragnhildur Gísladóttir

Votes: 78

27. Children (2006)

93 min | Drama

Karitas is a single mother of four who desperately tries to make ends meet. Fighting a losing battle with her ex-husband for custody over her three daughters, she's oblivious to what's ... See full summary »

Director: Ragnar Bragason | Stars: Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Andri Snær Magnason

Votes: 602

28. Jar City (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir

Votes: 4,798

29. White Night Wedding (2008)

Unrated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

In less than twenty-four hours, a middle-aged academic and his nearly half his age fiancée will get married in Iceland's windswept island, Flatey, amid endless preparations and bitter second thoughts. Is this what they really want?

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Laufey Elíasdóttir, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson

Votes: 1,234

30. Reykjavik-Rotterdam (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Thriller

Financial concerns tempt a security guard to return to his smuggling ways.

Director: Óskar Jónasson | Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson

Votes: 2,144

31. Mamma Gógó (2010)

90 min | Drama

A film director's personal journey experiencing his mother's disappearance into the Alzheimer disease, a film with essential Fridriksson's ingredients, humour, compassion and strong visual style.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Kristbjörg Kjeld, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir

Votes: 340

32. Volcano (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

Hannes is an old man who has grown apart from his children. Recently retired when his wife gets ill he tries to reconcile with them and to atone for his cold demeanor in the past.

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson | Stars: Auður Drauma Bachmann, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Kristín Davíðsdóttir, Benedikt Erlingsson

Votes: 1,166

33. The Deep (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama

Based on actual events, a fisherman tries to survive in the freezing ocean after his boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson, Joi Johannsson, Thora Bjorg Helga

Votes: 4,537

January Shortlist

34. Of Horses and Men (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the country through the horses' perception.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Charlotte Bøving, Johann Pall Oddson, Kristbjörg Kjeld

Votes: 2,705 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Life in a Fishbowl (2014)

129 min | Drama

A Reykjavik pre-school teacher struggles to raise her daughter while selling casual sex to help make ends meet.

Director: Baldvin Zophoníasson | Stars: Hera Hilmar, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson

Votes: 1,522

36. Rams (2015)

R | 93 min | Drama

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep.

Director: Grímur Hákonarson | Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving, Jón Benónýsson

Votes: 10,856 | Gross: $0.14M

37. Sparrows (2015)

99 min | Drama

Ari's teenage lifestyle in the big city is disrupted as he is sent by his mother to live with his uninvolved father and his grandmother in a small fishing village.

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson | Stars: Rade Serbedzija, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Arna Magnea Danks

Votes: 1,311

38. Under the Tree (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

When Baldwin and Inga's next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson | Stars: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann

Votes: 2,410 | Gross: $0.07M

39. Woman at War (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Halla becomes a determined environmental activist, but this threatens a long-held hope of hers.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson

Votes: 2,740 | Gross: $0.80M



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