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18 Icelandair Stopover TALES FROM THE NORTH Iceland’s thriving film scene and its latest heroic production: Woman at War . BY LISA GAIL SHANNEN. PHOTOS BY JUAN CAMILLO ROMAN ESTRADA. Iceland made its debut in film over 100 years ago in a three-minute documentary filmed in 1906. The years that followed saw very few Icelandic productions, with the first fiction film ( The Adventures of Jón and Gvendur ) made in 1923 and the first feature film ( Between Mountain and Shore ) in 1949. It wasn’t until 1978 when the Icelandic Film Fund (now the Icelandic Film Centre) was established that a serious film scene emerged in Iceland, with further developments coming after Friðrik Þór Friðriksson’s Children of Nature was nominated for best foreign- language film at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992. Today Iceland has not only become renowned for its diverse film talent but also for its supermodel landscapes, which have appeared in countless big-budget international films, TV shows and adverts. Christof Wehmeier from the Icelandic Film Centre says, “I think there’s a general interest in Icelandic films and TV series because they seem to be fresh, different, and the Icelandic landscape is captivating and magical as well.” Those Hollywood blockbusters filmed more recently “have done a lot for Iceland, image-wise,” with epic film locations, like those featured in HBO’s Game of Thrones , having “something to do with the fact that tourists are coming to Iceland.” Woman at War Apart from servicing large Hollywood produc- tions, Iceland’s thriving film scene produced seven feature films in 2018, including Let Me Fall and And Breathe Normally . Another release Woman at War is currently racking up prestigious international accolades and has been selected to represent Iceland at the 2019 Academy Awards. Premiering at Cannes in May 2018, where it immediately won the SACD Award, the environmental comic thriller follows the adventures of passionate eco-activist and pylon slayer Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), who is so furious about industry threatening the destruction of n Hafnarfjörður n Kjós

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