Tuesday, 4 April 2006

Watch Out For the Icelandics!

Definitely worth checking out, young Icelandic filmmaker Þórgnýr Thoroddsen and his website Trendbreaking. I first met him at Nordic Youth Film Festival a few years back, and then again at NUFF last summer. He was there with co-director Guðmundur Arnar Gudmundsson to screen their joint effort "Þröng sýn" (English "Hidebound").

The film won an award for best soundtrack, but I think it could easily have taken home even more silverware. The story is quite simple, a universal story of a young man who is concerned about the relations between humans in today's society, but what really blew me away was the visual work. The film was shot on DV, but later animated on top of the DV material, using no less than 16000 drawings from 1350 members of the general public.

As well as a large scale arts project, I think it is a really nice film, with a touch of pure genious. You can watch some previews on the website. I'm looking forward to hear more from these guys.

Oh, and yes, the soundtrack is really good...

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