The free documentary festival Skjaldborg will be held in Patreksfjörður, the West Fjords, this weekend. Fourteen documentaries will premiere at this year’s festival and director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson will be guest of honor.
One of the festival’s organizers, Janus Bragi Jakobsson, told ruv.is that the selection will be diverse.
“We will, for example, screen Aska by Herbert Finnbjörnsson about the consequences of the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull, which has been in production for a long time,” Janus revealed.
He added that the films this year are rather personal than political. “We’re looking inwards a little bit and working with the self-image with a hint of nostalgia.”
Skjaldborg opened yesterday and will run through August 17. Visit the festival’s website to learn more about the program.
Meanwhile in the capital, Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr will launch the Reykjavík Dance Festival today by screaming inside the Black Yoga Screaming Chamber, designed by the festival’s artistic directors, Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson of Shalala.
One of the festival’s organizers, Berglind Pétursdóttir, told visir.is that the sound-proof chamber is open to everyone.
“You can scream alone or with a friend, out of joy, irritation or to forget, to free your mind, relax, obtain energy or for no reason at all,” she explained.
“There will be a lot of happenings this year,” Berglind added. “This is the best time of year for dancers and dance enthusiasts.” Visit the festival’s Facebook site for more information.
Also this weekend is a religious festival and celebration of berry picking and music in North Iceland, and blueberry days in the West Fjords.