The October-December issue of Iceland Review magazine is out. The issue includes a lengthy feature about the Holuhraun eruption by volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson accompanied by images by Páll Stefánsson.
An ambitious collaborative art film, OPUS/YOU AGAIN, made by performance artist Kitty Von-Sometime and band Árstíðir has been released. Shot on Iceland’s second-largest glacier Langjökull, the video features a 160-kilo (350-pound) ice sculpture.
Universal Studios have acquired the rights to a film Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur has been working on for the past six years, taking over from Working Title. Known as Vikingr, the film will be set in Iceland and feature scenes from the Icelandic Sagas.
Tickets to the 2014 Iceland Airwaves music festival, which will be held for the 16th time in Reykjavík this year, from November 5 to 9, have now sold out, as announced in a press release yesterday.
I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto quando voglio), the debut film of Italian director Sydney Sibilia, received the Golden Puffin trophy at the 2014 Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) on Saturday as the ‘discovery of the year.’
The Tómas Guðmundsson Literature Prize was awarded to Hjörtur Marteinsson for his collection of poems called Alzheimer-tilbrigðin ('Alzheimer Variations').
On a recent show David Letterman claimed that he knew two things about Iceland: Icelanders have the highest rate of alcoholism in the world and 90 percent of the population believes in elves.
The Reykjavík Reads festival, hosted by Reykjavík City of Literature, was launched by city mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson by ‘releasing’ the short story Dýrið (‘Animal’) from a lunch box in Kringlan mall yesterday.
The European Day of Languages was celebrated in Iceland on Friday, among other things with a symposium at the University of Iceland. Auður Hauksdóttir, lecturer in the Danish language, stated that Icelandic students don’t learn enough languages.
The documentary film Salóme by director Yrsa Roca Fannberg won the Best Nordic Documentary Award at the recent Nordisk Panorama festival for Nordic short films and documentaries in Malmö, Sweden. This is the first time that an Icelandic movie won this prize.
Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) kicks off today with the opening film Land Ho!, a collaboration between Iceland and the U.S.
Members of the Icelandic Film and TV Academy have selected the film Life in a Fishbowl (Vonarstræti) as Iceland’s entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar selection.
This 1926 video features people riding Icelandic horses in the streets, women wearing national costumes and lots of Icelandic children.
Reykjavík City Library’s 2014 children’s book prize was awarded to Gunnar Helgason for his novel Rangstæður í Reykjavík, as announced yesterday.
Swedish film director Ruben Östlund will be a guest of honor at this year’s Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF), which starts on Thursday.
A new film festival, led by Icelandic film director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, will be launched in Reykjavík this winter. The festival aims to showcase the country as a key destination for foreign film and television shoots as well as shine a spotlight on local talent.
For the first time in its history, Þjóðleikhúsið, the Icelandic National Theater, presents an all-Icelandic winter season schedule: all plays premiered are in Icelandic.
The 16 siblings from the farm Kjóastaðir in Biskupstungur, South Iceland, the oldest of whom is 73 and the youngest of whom, Sigríður Jónasdóttir, turned 48 on Tuesday, have reached the milestone of becoming 1,000 years old when their ages are combined.
The Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) released its 2014 program at a press conference yesterday. The event, which this year takes place between September 25 and October 5, showcases over 100 dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries.
The schedule for the 2014 Iceland Airwaves music festival, held November 5-9 in Reykjavík, is ready. The schedule is available in pdf form on airwaves.is and the festival organizers are planning to release an app and online planner soon.
Two Icelandic films, Of Horses and Men by Benedikt Erlingsson and Life in a Fishbowl by Baldvín Z, are among the 50 films on recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards.
The bestselling novel Burial Rites by Australian author Hannah Kent, which is set in Iceland, was released in Icelandic translation on Friday.
Voting on Iceland’s contribution to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film next year has started. There are four possible choices.