Meeting with
Dagur Kári

BFM — 35
BFM — 35
17 March
2017
19.30
Bookshop – Piazza della Libertà – Bergamo

Icelandic director Dagur Kári, one of the protagonists of BFM 35 section Europe, Now!, will meet the audience Thursday, March 16 in the Bookshop at Piazza delle libertà.

Dagur Kári will be present at Bergamo Film Meeting from March 15 to 18.

A brilliant representative of the new and lively Icelandic filmmaking scene, from the very beginning of his career Dagur Kári has earned the favour of the international critics, his films gathering accolades and awards at festivals around the world. His first feature film, Nói albinói (2003) – the story of an albino teenager who lives at the edge of the world, i.e. in an Icelandic village of only 900 inhabitants – has gone through the international festival circuit by way of Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Edinburgh, Rome, Sydney and many others. It was followed by Voksne mennesker (Dark Horse), a love story between a penniless street artist and a bakery shop clerk, which debuted in 2005 in Cannes within the Un Certain Regard section, and then went through the international festival circuit just like its predecessor. Attracted by existential affairs, and never giving up on his typically Nordic touch of irony, Dagur Kári’s spins his stories around non-conforming, often marginalized characters – when not downright losers – who inhabit surreal atmospheres not devoid of subtle hints of romance and tender moments. In his third feature, The Good Heart (2008), filmed in the United States, a friendship is born at a hospital between a young homeless would-be suicide and an old gruffly bartender with heart issues; his latest work, Fúsi (Virgin Mountain, 2015), tells the story of a 43-year old overweight guy who still lives with his mother and struggles to deal with adulthood.  It’s the film that confirmed Kári’s success once and for all: presented at the Berlinale 2015, it received the Nordic Council Film Prize 2015 and triumphed at the Tribeca Film Festival collecting three awards: best film, screenplay and actor (Gunnar Jonsson). Bergamo Film Meeting will premiere the film in Italy. Dagur Kári’s commitment as a filmmaker is inseparable from his work as musician: in addition to directing his own films, Kári also composes the soundtracks with his electronic music band Slowblow, which he founded with his friend Orri Jonsson.

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