Icelandic film director Baltasar Kormákur is set to receive the inaugural Nordic Honorary Dragon Award at the 37th Goteborg International Film Festival, the largest film festival in the Nordic countries, in January, variety.com reports.
Two Icelandic films, Ragnar Bragason’s Metalhead (Malmhaus) and Benedikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses and Men (Hross í oss), which is Iceland’s candidate for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscar’s, will be competing for the best film in the Nordic Focus category.
“The country has produced a number of very well-made, original and artistic films of high-quality. Each of them manifests Iceland’s distinct character in a refreshing and personal way,” a statement from the festival reads.
Some older Icelandic films will also be screened: Baltasar’s 101 Reykjavík, Fridrik Þór Fridriksson’s Movie Days (Bíódagar) and Valdís Óskarsdóttir’s Country Wedding (Sveitabrúðkaup).
The festival runs from January 24 to February 3.