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Directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson

  • Iceland, Denmark 2015; 99 min
  • Original version: Icelandic
  • Genre: Drama
    • Silver Hugo (New Directors) - Chicago IFF
    • Best Film (1-2 Competition) - Warsaw IFF
    • Golden Shell for Best Film - San Sebastián IFF
    • Artistic Achievement Award - Thessaloniki IFF
    • Dragon Award Best Nordic Film, FIPRESCI Award - Göteborg FF
    • Special Jury Prize - Transilvania IFF

  • Toronto IFF
    Iceland's submission for the Academy Awards

  • From the director of ECHO presented at Les Arcs Industry Village


SPARROWS is a coming-of-age story about the 16-year old boy Ari, who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar. There, he has to navigate a difficult relationship with his father, and he finds his childhood friends changed. In these hopeless and declining surroundings, Ari has to step up and find his way.

SPARROWS is a journey from innocence to adulthood. It is a film about a father and son relationship, which has broken down, about adolescents and love. SPARROWS takes place during a summer in a remote, Icelandic fishing village, which is in decline. During the nights at this time of the year, it is a place where the sun does not set. It stays low on the horizon, casting a constant magical light on the surroundings. And thus a magical and thematically poignant place to portray a story of change.



    Mikkel Jersin 

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