The 12 titles include Michael Fassbender-starrer Slow West, Runar Runarsson’s Sparrows and Kosovo’s Oscar submission, Babai.

Slow West

The Reykjavik International Film Festival (Sept 24-Oct 4) has 12 first and second features competing for its Golden Puffin Award.

The films are:

  • As I Open My Eyes, Leyla Bouzid (Fra/Tun/Bel/Are)
  • Babai, Visar Morina (Kos/Ger)
  • Barash, Michael Vinik (Isr)
  • Krisha, Trey Edward Shults (US)
  • Mediterranea, Jonas Carpignano (Ita/Fr/US/Ger/Qat)
  • Motherland, Senem Tuzen (Tur/Gr)
  • Sleeping Giant, Andrew Cividino (Can)
  • Slow West, John Maclean (UK/NZ)
  • Sparrows, Runar Runarsson (Ice/Den/Cro)
  • The Here After, Magnus Von Horn (Swe/Pol)        
  • We Monsters, Sebatian Ko (Ger)
  • Wednesday May 9, Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)

This year’s jury comrpises Frederic Boyer, artistic director of the Tribeca Film Festival and Les Arcs; producer Agnes Johansen; Laufey Guðjónsdóttir, director of The Icelandic Film Centre; Dagmar Forelle; and Paola Corvino.

Other programme highlights at RIFF include the first two episodes of TV show The Bridge’s third season; a spotlight on Danish cinema including Tobias Lindholm’s A War; a swimming pool screening of Dario Argento’s Suspiria; and special tributes to David Cronenberg and Margarethe von Trotta.

The festival opens with Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales.