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Jan. 27, 2004

UI Seminar Includes Free, Public Screenings Of Films From Iceland

A series of Icelandic films will be shown at the University of Iowa on Thursdays this semester as part of a seminar offered by the department of cinema and comparative literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Taught by Bjorn Nordfjord, an instructor in the department of cinema and comparative literature, the seminar meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building for film screenings. The screenings are free and open to the public, presenting a rare opportunity in Iowa City to view a broad range of contemporary Icelandic cinema -- ranging from local documentaries to such internationally successful features as Children of Nature and 101 Reykjavik.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you require accommodation to attend this event, or if you would like more information about the program, please call the UI Institute For Cinema & Culture at 335-1348.

Following is a schedule of film screenings:

Jan. 29: Introduction to Icelandic film and society
Twofold presentation--an overview of Icelandic history, society and culture will be followed by an introduction to Icelandic cinema. No film screening but a number of clips from early Icelandic films.

Feb. 5: Children of Nature (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 1991, 85 min.) - in 35mm
The film that garnered Fridriksson international success - a story of an elderly couple returning to the deserted home of their youth.

Feb. 12: White Whales (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 1987, 80min.)
A story of two whalers‚ fateful tour through Reykjavik - Fridriksson's first feature film.

Feb. 19: As in Heaven (Kristin Johannesdottir, 1992, 122 min.) - in 35mm
A story of a young girl growing up intertwined with that of the French polar explorer Jean Baptiste Charcot and the sinking of his vessel in 1936 off the coast of Iceland.

Feb. 26: Tears of Stone (Hilmar Oddsson, 1995, 114 min.) - in 35mm
A biopic of the Icelandic composer Jon Leifs and his German-Jewish wife and pianist Annie Leifs during the Nazi years.

March 4: Benjamin Dove (Gisli Snaer Erlingsson, 1995, 91 min.) - in 35mm
A children's film dealing with the knightly adventures of four boys. (Possibly one for a younger audience although Scandinavian children films can depict a harsher reality than Disney.)

March 11th
Remote Control (Oskar Jonsson, 1992, 90 min.)
The protagonist in this comedy travels through Reykjavik's underworld in search of his mother's remote control.

March 18: No screening--Spring break

March 25: Rock in Reykjavik (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 1982, 83 min.)
A documentary on the contemporary punk/rock scene in Reykjavik that caused a considerable stir upon its original release.

April 1: Last Stop (Olafur Sveinsson, 2003, 93 min.)
A documentary on social outcasts who spend their days (and sometimes nights) at Hlemmur - Reykjavik's largest bus terminal.

April 8th
Devil's Island (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 1996, 104 min.) - in 35mm
A panorama of post-WWII Icelandic society with a particular focus on its tenuous relationship with the United States.

April 15: Angels of the Universe (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 2000, 100 min.) - 35mm
Another underdog story from Fridriksson - this time about a young man who plunges into madness. The most popular film in Iceland since the early 1980s.

April 22: 101 Reykjavik (Baltasar Kormakur, 2000, 90 min.) - in 35mm
A comedy of "party-seekers" in downtown Reykjavik - with a rather unusual love triangle.

April 29: The Seagull's Laughter (Agust Gudmundsson, 2001, 100 min.)
The film's heroine returns from the United States and turns her small village upside down.

May 6: Noi Albinoi (Dagur Kari, 2003, 93 min.) - in 35mm
The somewhat eccentric protagonist of the title must deal both with the perils of youth and the less predictable forces of nature.

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