Bíó Paradís to re-open with cancelled festival

10.09.2020 - 13:46
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Skjaldborg, the Icelandic documentary festival, will run in collaboration with Bíó Paradís the weekend of 18th to 20th September. The festival coincides with the grand re-opening of Bíó Paradís; Iceland’s only independent arthouse cinema. Bíó Paradís has been closed since mid-March and its future hung in the balance for several months.

The Skjaldborg festival usually takes place in Patreksfjörður in the Westfjords on Whitsun weekend, but was this year postponed to Verslunarmannahelgi (the first weekend in August), due to the assembly ban. At the end of July, the day before it was scheduled to begin, the festival was then cancelled outright due to the second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The festival received a record number of applications at the start of this summer from the makers of both complete documentaries and those still in production. It is now clear that 13 documentaries will première at the festival and seven works in progress will be introduced—including First and Last Men, by Jóhann Jóhannsson. Skjaldborg’s guest of honour this year will be Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, and three of her documentaries will be shown. She will also give a “masterclass” session with Gunnar Hafsteinsson. 

A statement from organisers describes Skjaldborg as the “harvest festival” of Icelandic documentary filmmaking and the only festival that concentrates on new Icelandic documentaries. It is a meeting point for beginners, experienced filmmakers, and audiences that promotes creative conversations that play an important role in the ongoing development and distribution of Icelandic documentaries.  

The festival programme this month at Bíó Paradís is nearly identical to that advertised and then cancelled this summer. 

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Alexander Elliott
Project manager
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