Jar City (Original title: Mýrin)
A film by: Baltasar Kormákur
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.
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:
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:
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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