Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson’s feature debut Volano scooped five prizes at the Edda awards
Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson’s feature debut Volcano is far from extinct, collecting five Edda statuettes at the Icelandic Film & TV Academy’s awards ceremony Saturday (Feb 18) in Reykjavik’s Gamla Bíó.
Rúnarsson himself scored three of the accolades – Best Feature, Director, Original Screenplay – while his leads Theodór Júlíusson and Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir received the Best Actor awards. The Zik Zak Filmworks production with Denmark’s Fine & Mellow had been nominated in 14 sections.
The portrait of a 67-year-old custodian and volcanic survivor now retiring, estranged from his family and with hardly any friends, was launched in Directors’ Fortnight at last year’s Cannes and has since won top prizes in Chicago, Denver, Montreal, Transilvania, Sao Paulo and Valladolid, adding the Golden Puffin in Reykjavik.
Volcano’s closest competitor was Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s Either Way, a drama-comedy of two workers with at the Icelandic Road Administration spending the summer painting lines on the winding roads stretching into the horizon. Their efforts were rewarded with three Eddas.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Volcano (Eldfjall) – Dir: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Rúnar Rúnarsson – for Volcano
Best Original Screenplay:
Rúnar Rúnarsson - for Volcano
Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir – for Volcano
Theodór Júlíusson - Volcano
Best Supporting Actress:
María Heba Thorkelsdóttir – for Our Own Oslo (Okkar Eigin Osló). Dir: Reynir Lyngdal
Best Supporting Role:
Thorsteinn Bachmann - for Either Way (Á Annan Veg). Dir: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
Árni Filippusson – for Either Way
Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir – for Legends of Valhalla – Thor (Hetjur Valhallar – Þór). Dir: Óskar Jónasson
Best Set Design:
Gunnar Karlsson – for Legends of Valhalla – Thor
Best Costume Design:
Margrét Einarsdóttir – for Either Way
Ragna Fossberg – for Áramótaskaupid (The New Year’s comedy/TV)
Best Musical Score:
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson – for Last Day of the Arctic (Andlit norðursins). Dir: Magnús Vidar Sigurdsson
Best Sound Design:
Gunnar Árnason – for City State (Borgríki). Dir: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Last Day of the Arctic – Dir: Magnús Vidar Sigurdsson
Best Short Film:
Come to Harm (Skaði) – Dir: Börkur Sigthórsson