A History of Icelandic Film

A History of Icelandic Film

Steve Gravestock
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Format: Paperback 58 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-9867062-5-7
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A history of Icelandic cinema from the silent period to 2019, featuring interviews with numerous major filmmakers. The book also charts the significant links between the film industry and Iceland's deep rooted literary tradition, as well as its independent music scene.

Author Bio

Steve Gravestock is author of Don Owen: Notes on a Filmmaker and His Culture and editor (with Kate Lawrie Van de Ven) of Geoff Pevere's Toronto on Film. He has also written about film for a wide range of publications, including the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail and CinemaScope. Gravestock is a senior international programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival. He selects Canadian feature films for the Festival and has been programming Nordic features there since 1999.

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Table of Contents

Pronunciation Guide
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: From the Sagas to the Cinema
From the Silents to the '70s
Agúst Guðmundsson & Hrafn Gunnlaugsson
"The Icelandic Spring": The '80s Generation
Friðrik ór Friðriksson
"Grumblecore": The '90s Generation
Baltasar Kormákur
Before the Fall: The 2000s
"The Dead Don't Die in Iceland": The Supernatural in Icelandic Film
Crime, Kids, and (Rom-)Com: Icelandic Genre Cinema
Rockin' Reykjavík: Icelandic Music Documentary
After the Explosion: 2010-2018
Coda: 2019 and Beyond
Works Consulted