From Iceland – The European Film Awards select “Beautiful Beings” and “Godland”

Published August 23, 2022

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Two Icelandic films have been shortlisted for the European Film Awards 2022: “Beautiful Beings” directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson and “Godland” by Hlynur Pálmason.

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The European Films Award is an annual prize that rewards excellence in filmmaking in Europe. The awards have been held annually since 1988. In 2022, the European Films Awards will be held in Reykjavík on December 10.

This year, 30 films have been selected for the European Film Awards.

“Beautiful Beings” premiered at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) last February. It won the Label Europa Cinemas award in the Panorama section. It is still shown in cinemas in Iceland.

“Beautiful Beings,” Guðmundur’s second feature, a coming-of-age drama that explores the complicated relationships of a group of Icelandic teenagers. Read our interview with director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson here.

Hlynur Pálmason’s ‘Godland’ had its world premiere at Cannes in May, in the Un Certain Regard category. It has not yet been created in Iceland.

‘Godland’ tells the story of a Danish priest who travels to Iceland to build a church.

The European Film Academy must now vote for the shortlisted films, with the nominations to be made public on November 8. The winners will be announced at the European Film Awards ceremony in Reykjavík on December 20.