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Reykjavík Sets Competition For Golden Puffin Award

Reykjavík Sets Competition For Golden Puffin Award

This year at the Reykjavík International Film Festival there are twelve films in competition for the Golden Puffin. Awarded to the “Discovery of the Year,” the Golden Puffin is the event’s main prize. Films nominated must be the debut or sophomore effort of a new director, and are featured in the festival’s “New Visions” category, a selection of innovative and groundbreaking works. 

Prominent titles from the selection include festival-favorite ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ which won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes; and ‘Eat Sleep Die,’ which garnered acclaim at both the Venice Film Festival and TIFF. Angelina Nikonova’s ‘Twilight Portrait’ was the recipient of last year’s Golden Puffin. 

The twelve nominees are eligible for the International Federation of Film Critics’ prestigious FIPRESCI Prize, as well as the Church of Iceland Award. The Reykjavík International Film Festival, which has become one of the more popular international festivals over the years, begins on September 27. 

This year’s Golden Puffin nominees are:

90 Minutes
Dir. Eva Sørhaug
Norway – 2012 – 88 min

Eat Sleep Die
Dir. Gabriela Pichler
Sweden – 2012 – 100 min

The Interval
Dir. Lonardo di Constanzo
Italy, Switzerland, Germany – 2012 – 80 min

Dir. Rufus Norris
UK – 2012 – 90 min

The Shine of Day
Dir. Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
Austria – 2012 – 90 min

Mobile Home
Dir. François Pirot
Belgium, Luxembourg, France – 2012 – 95 min

Moon Man
Dir. Stephan Schesch
France, Germany, Ireland – 2012 – 95 min

Dir. Ali Aydin
Turkey – 2012 – 94 min

God’s Neighbours
Dir. Meni Yaesh
Israel, France – 2012 – 98 min

Sofia’s Last Ambulance
Dir. Ilian Metev
Croatia, Bulgaria, Germany – 2012 – 75 min

Dir. Sean Baker
US – 2012 – 103 min

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Dir. Benh Zeitlin

US – 2012 – 93 min

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