Iceland to send Volcano to the Oscars

Iceland has already decided which film it is going to put forward as its offering for the Best Foreign Film category at next year’s Oscars: Eldfjall (Volcano).

Members of the Icelandic Film & Television Academy have voted for the Runar Runarsson film, Eldfjall to be the Icelandic entry for the Oscars 2012 in the Best Foreign Film category.

Eldfjall is the story of Hannes, a 67 year-old man who is entering retirement. He is an old-school kind of man; isolated from his family and home and needing to get to grips with his new role in life. Eldfjall is a story of human development about a man who needs to come to peace with the decisions of the past and the difficulties of the present in order to have a shot at happiness in the future.

Eldfjall had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it competed in two categories: the Director’s Fortnight and the Camera D’Or. Visir.is reports that the film has also been screened at other international film festivals, including at Karlovy Vary and, more recently, at Toronto. Eldfjall will go on general release in Icelandic cinemas on 30th September.

Runar Runarsson directed and wrote Eldfjall and the producers are Skuli Malmquist and Thor Snaer Sigurjonsson from Zik-Zak Filmworks.

(Watch a trailer by clicking here and then clicking “Horfa á myndskeið með frétt” at the top of the page)