Jar City / Mýrin
Iceland/Germany, 93' ,
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Script: Baltasar Kormákur po romanu Arnaldur Indriðason
Producer: Agnes Johansen, Lilja Pálmadóttir, Baltasar Kormákur
Production company: Blueeyes Productions
Cinematography: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Editing: Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Cast: Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Atli Rafn Sigurðarson
Format: 35mm, color
Running time: 93'
A desperate man employed in a genetic research institute is looking through records which might be able to explain the origin of his little girl’s brain illness. A parallel storyline develops as detective Erlendur begins investigating the murder of an old man who led a bizarre existence in his murky basement flat. This at first seemingly ordinary case becomes more complex with the mystery surrounding the death of a four-year-old girl thirty years before. Loner Erlendur, trying among other things to sort out his thorny relationship with his drug-addict daughter, is determined to find the murderer no matter what.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2007
Edda Awards, Iceland, 2006
Actor or Actress of the Year / Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
Best Sound or Music
Director of the Year
Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress of the Year / Atli Rafn Sigurðsson
Baltasar Kormákur, born 1966 in Reykjavik, graduated from the Drama Academy of Iceland and began working in theatre and film as an actor and director. He debuted as a film director, screenwriter and producer with an adaptation of Hallgrímur Helgason’s novel ‘101 Reykjavik’ (2000), which won him the Youth Jury Award at the IFF in Locarno. For this film, not only did he write the screenplay but he was also its producer via his own company Blueeyes Productions.
In his adaptation of the novel by Arnaldur Indridason, the writer-director successfully combines the elements of a police procedural, a film noir, a thriller and a modern socio-anthropological study to create a fully formed portrait of the modern Icelandic people as it has never been seen on screen. At once wholly Icelandic and completely accessible for foreign audiences, Myrin reverberates with strong echoes of what it means to be Icelandic, what it means to be part of a family and what it means to be human / Boyd van Hoeij, European-films.net
Location and screening schedule: Cinema Europe, Friday, October 26th at 19.00