The thriller won the Crystal Globe in Karlovy Vary and it is a nominee for the Nordic Film Prize. Jar City was well received in Telluride and Toronto; IFC Films has nabbed North American rights from Trust Film Sales.
Jar City has been a local box-office hit as well, seen by more than a third of Iceland's population.
The film, adapted from Arnaldur Indrioason's crime novel, is about themurder of a reclusive old man, which leads police into the world ofgenetic research.
Rather than being voted on by a small committee, the vote for the country's Oscar submission is open to all members of Icelandic Film and Television Academy.
Kormakur previously directed 101 Reykjavik, The Sea and A Little Trip To Heaven.