Noi the Albino

Dagur Kári Pétursson

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Original title Nói Albinói
DIRECTOR Dagur Kári Pétursson
PRODUCER Philippe Bober, Kim Magnusson, Skúli Fr. Malmquist, Þórir S. Sigurjónsson
DOP Rasmus Videbæk
SCRIPT Dagur Kári
SOUND Huldar Freyr Arnarson, Þórólfur Eiríksson, Erik Mischijew, Matz Müller
MUSIC Slowblow, Valgeir Sigurðsson
EDITOR Daniel Dencik
CO-PRODUCER Soledad Gratti-Pascual, Lene Ingemann, Tivi Magnusson, Susanne Marian, Klaus Keil, Lucas Schmidt, Michael Schmid-Ospach, Paul Trijbits, Vinca Wiedeman
RELEASE 2003
LENGTH 95
GENRE Drama
CAST Tómas Lemarquis, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Elín Hansdóttir, Anna Friðriksdóttir

Synopsis

Is he the village Idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Nói drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, surrounded by ominous mountains and buried under a shroud of snow. Nói dreams of escaping from this white-walled prison with Iris, a city girl who works in a local gas station. But his clumsy attempts at escape spiral out of control and end in complete failure. Only a natural disaster will shatter Noi's universe and offer him a window into a better world.

Director

Dagur graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999, with art house short movie Lost Weekend. The film got off to a good start and gained the first popularity winning 11 prizes on the international festival circuit. The first feature film Noi the Albino (Nói albínói) he released in 2003 and also won several international awards. Then followed with his second film, Voksne mennesker (Dark Horse), which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In 2008, he finished his first English language film The Good Heart, starring Brian Cox, Paul Dano and Isild Le Besco. He is also a member of the band Slowblow, whose music featured in Nói albínói.

Honors

Grand Jury Prize Premiers Plans Angers, 2003/ Best Music Premiers Plans Angers, 2003/ Movie zone Award Rotterdam, 2003/ The Nordic Film Award Gothenburg, 2003/ Swedish Church Prize Gothenburg, 2003/ Fipresci Prize Gothenburg, 2003/ Grand Jury Prize Nordic FF Rouen, 2003/ Transylvania Trophy Transylvanian Film Festival, 2003/ Romanian Critics' Prize Transylvanian Film Festival, 2003/ Guardian New Directors Awards/ Special Commendation Edinburgh Int. Film Festival, 2003/ Special Mention of the Jury New Nordic Children's Festival Copenhagen, 2003/ Icelandic Nomination for Best Foreign Film Oscar, 2004/ Edda Awards, 2003-Best Film – Best Script – Best Director – Best Set Decoration – Best Actor – Best Supporting Actor – Best Director/ Koszalin Marcin Prize (Best Film), 2003/ Ale Kino! Poznan, 2004
 

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