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Jar City

Jar City (Original title: Mýrin)

A film by: Baltasar Kormákur
Based on a novel by: Arnaldur Indridason                                                                             French distributor: Memento Films                                                                                       UK distributor: The Works                                                                                                      World sales (excluding Germany and Scandinavia): Trust Film Sales, Denmark

The film opened in Iceland on October 20, 2006 and was a box-office hit that year with 81.850 tickets sold, the film also received great reviews in the Icelandic media.

At the EDDA Awards in November 2006 the film received 5 Awards.
  1. Film of the Year
  2. Best Actor in a Leading Role: Ingvar E. Sigurdsson
  3. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Atli Rafn Sigurdarson
  4. Best Director: Baltasar Kormákur
  5. Music: Mugison (for both Jar City and A Little Trip to Heaven)

Jar City was first released internationally at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July 2007, where it received the festival’s main award, The Crystal Globe, for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.

To this date the film has received the following international awards and nominations:
  1. Won the 2007 Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
  2. Won the 2007 FICC Don Quijote Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
  3. Won the 2007 Napapijri Prize at the Courmayeur Noir In Festival: Ingvar E. Sigurdsson for his leading role in Jar City.
  4. The International Film Festival in Valenciennes, France (2008). 1) Grand Prix as Best Film. 2) Director Baltasar Kormákur as Best Director. 3) Lead actor Ingvar E. Sigurdsson as Best Actor in Leading Role.
  5. Won the 2008 Breaking Waves Award for the strongest film in competition at the 15th Titanic International Film Festival in Hungary.
  6. Won the 2008 Audience Award at the Festival du Film policiers in Liege, Belgium.
  7. Nominated for the 2007 Nordic Film Council Prize.
  8. Short listed for the 2007 European Film Awards.

Jar City was Iceland’s entry for the Oscar nominations 2008 – The Foreign Language Film.

The film opened in France and The UK in early September 2008 and received good reveiws. Jar City opened on 50 screens in France, which is amongst the most extensive opening of a nordic film in France. The french distributor is Memento Films.

In the UK the film opened on 17 screens which is the biggest opening of an Icelandic movie in that country. You can read the reviews in UK in REVIEWS below.

Overture Films announced in The Hollywood Reporter it´s buying of remake rights of Jar City in beginning of October:

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While a desperate, young father tries to find out what led to the death of his five year old girl, Inspector Erlendur investigates the murder of an elderly loner in a run-down basement flat.  The Inspector and his crew don’t have much to go by in the investigation, but a photograph of a young girl’s grave gives them a lead. They discover that many years ago the victim was accused, though not convicted, of horrible crimes. Did the old man’s past come back to haunt him? As Erlendur reopens this very cold case, he follows a trail of unusual forensic evidence, uncovering secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man – with clues knit into the genetic bloodline of an entire country.

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