Sparrows

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Iceland | 2015 | 99 minutes | Rúnar Rúnarsson

The second feature from director Rúnar Rúnarsson (Volcano, SIFF 2012) follows the travails of 16-year-old Ari, who must grow up quickly when he is sent to the remote, working-class Westfjords to live with his deadbeat father.

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Ari is not happy. At 16, his life has just been upended; with his mother and her new husband moving to Africa, Ari must leave Reykjavík and head northwest to the remote Westfjords where he will live with his deadbeat father. It's been six years since Ari left this tiny fishing village behind, and things have changed; his childhood friends barely interest him, his immature father is emotionally distant, and the economy has collapsed. With school still months away from starting, he's forced to work at the local fish factory, navigate the complicated waters of teen cliques, and try not to die of boredom; only his kind-hearted grandmother and the shy pursuit of a local lass bring him any joy. As the community tries their best to ignore the poverty that has befallen them, Ari has no choice but to step up and find his way. Sparrows is an affectionate but unflinching slice of life set during the summer months in which the sun never sets, and Ari is a canvas on which we can project our own adolescent travails; we understand every anxiety, every challenge, and every tough decision, and the experience is nothing short of cathartic.

Director Biography
Rúnar Rúnarsson is an Icelandic screenwriter and director. Films for which he is credited as both writer and director include the feature film Volcano and the shorts Anna, Two Birds, and The Last Farm. Sparrows is his second feature film. 

Sponsored by Seattle - Reykjavik Sister City Association, KING 5

  • Original Language Title: Þrestir
  • Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Principal Cast: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, Ingvar E. Siguðsson, Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir, Kristbjörg Kjeld, Rade Šerbedžija
  • Country: Iceland, Denmark, Croatia
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Producer: Rúnar Rúnarsson, Mikkel Jersin, Birgitte Hald, Igor A. Nola, Lilja Snorrisdóttir
  • Screenplay: Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Cinematographers: Sophia Olsson
  • Editors: Jacob Secher Schulsinger
  • Music: Kjartan Sveinsson
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Göteborg International Film Festival 2016 (FIPRESCI Award), San Sebastian International Film Festival 2015 (Golden Shell), Warsaw International Film Festival 2015 (1-2 Competition Award), Chicago International Film Festival 2015 (Silver Hugo Award), Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2015 (Best Film, Screenplay), Thessaloniki Film Festival 2015 (Artistic Achievement Award), Les Arcs Film Festival 2015 (Best Film, Best Actor, Press Award)
  • Filmography: Volcano (2011)
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Versatile