Mette Hjort and Duncan Petrie

in The Cinema of Small Nations

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625369
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671151 | DOI:

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Iceland is a very small nation-state with a population of just over 300,000 inhabitants. This chapter addresses the various strategies its filmmakers have reverted to in fashioning a film industry in such a constrained environment. In particular, it emphasizes what is described as “the transnational turn” during the 1990s when Icelandic film producers began to rely heavily on international funding with the Nordic Film and Television Fund and Eurimages playing especially important roles. The effects of this turn on the films of such directors as Friðrik þór Friðriksson and Baltasar Kormákur are studied, while attention is also drawn to the still lingering tradition of local filmmaking.

Keywords: Icelandic cinema; (small) nation-state; local filmmaking; transnational; Nordic Film and Television Fund; Eurimages; Friðrik þór Friðriksson; Baltasar Kormákur

Chapter.  7873 words. 

Subjects: Film

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