Meeting with
Rúnar Rúnarsson

BFM — 38
BFM — 38
14 March
Auditorium – Piazza della Libertà

Icelandic director and producer, he was born in Reykjavik in 1977 and studied at the National Film School of Denmark. Considered one of the most prominent contemporary filmmakers in his country, his works were presented at the most prestigious international film festivals. 

From 1995 to 2004 he directed several short films (Toilet Culture, 1995; Rat Race, 1997; Oiko Logos, 1997; The Collector, 1998; Hringur, 1998; Roots, 2000; Searching for Rajeev, 2002; Bragur, 2004) experimenting with styles, formats and techniques, shooting in VHS, 16mm, DVCam and Super8.With Síðasti bærinn (The Last Farm, 2004), a short film scored by Sigur Rós keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson, he received an Oscar nomination. Smáfuglar (2 Birds, 2008), selected at Cannes, takes place during a bright summer night and follows a group of teenagers on their journey into adulthood. Also presented at Cannes, Anna (2009) features a 12-year-old girl who lives in a small fishing village. 

Eldfjall (Volcano, 2011) – a love story with a sixty year old man going through an existential crisis as a protagonist- marked his feature film debut and his return to Cannes in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs; the film was also chosen to represent Iceland at the Oscars and won several international awards. 

He represented Iceland again at the Oscars in 2015 with Þrestir (Sparrows), a film very well received in the international festivals circuit that also won the award for the best film in São Paulo, San Sebastian and Warsaw. The same year, Rúnar Rúnarsson received the Silver Hugo for best new director at the Chicago International Film Festival. Here the protagonist is sixteen year old Ari, forced to move from Reykjavik to his father and grandmother’s godforsaken small town, facing the difficulties of fitting in a new community. 

His latest work, Bergmál (Echo, 2019) presented in Italian preview at Bergamo Film Meeting, debuted at the Locarno Festival. 56 scenes of everyday life set during Christmas, an original fresco of a society at times surreal, arranged by the director into a kaleidoscopic mix of images.

In collaboration with The Icelandic Film Centre. With the patronage of Consolato d’Islanda di Milano.