Angels of the Universe

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

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Original title Englar alheimsins
DIRECTOR Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
PRODUCER Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
DOP Harald Gunnar Paalgard
SCRIPT Einar Már Guðmundsson
SOUND Kjartan Kjartansson, Ingvar Lundberg, Steingrímur Eyfjörð Guðmundsson, Þórólfur Eiríksson, Guðrún Ragna Sigurjónsdóttir, Birgir Mogensen
MUSIC Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
EDITOR Sigvaldi J. Kárason, Skule Eriksen
CO-PRODUCER Filmhuset AS, Peter Rommel Film Production, ZDF/Arte, SVT, Zentropa Entertainments
RELEASE 2000
LENGTH 97
GENRE Drama
CAST Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Baltasar Kormákur, Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson, Hilmir Snær Guðnason

Synopsis

Angels of the Universe portrays the life of Paul (Ingvar Sigurdsson), who suffers from schizophrenia, and the way people react to his illness. At first we see him with his family, childhood friends and the girl (Halldóra Geirhardsdóttir) that he loves, and then we follow him into the psychiatric hospital. There we meet his colourful companions Óli Beatle (Baltasar Kormákur), who believes he has written all the Beatles songs and sent them to the group as telepathic messages; the sophisticated and erudite Viktor (Björn Jörundur), who sometimes suddenly turns into Hitler; and Peter (Hilmir Snær Gudnason), Paul's room-mate, who has freaked out on acid and is under the impression he wrote a doctorate about Schiller at a Chinese university.

Director

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson started his film making carrier with a series of experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. In 1987, he founded The Icelandic Film Corporation, which has become Iceland's most important production company, producing Fridrikssons films as well as working with other Icelandic directors and producers. Through Fridriksson's international reputation the company has built a network of internationally well-established co-production partner companies, including Lars von Triers Zentropa and most recently, Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope. As a director, Fridriksson gained international recognition and critical acclaim with his second feature Children of Nature (1991) which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.

Honors

Göteborg Film Festival-Best Screenplay/Karlovy Vary Int. Film Festival-The main Fipresci Jury Prize and Special Jury Mention. Nominated for the Crystal Globe/Film by the Sea International Film Festival-Won the Film & Literature Award/European Film Awards 2000-The People´s Choice Awards: Best European Actor, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson/European Film Awards 2000-Nomination, Best European Actor, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson/Academy Awards, 2001 - Award: Iceland´s Entry for Best Foreign language Film./The Edda Awards Iceland-Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor ( Ingvar E. Sigurdsson), Best Supporting Actress (Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir). Best Original Score (Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Sigur-Rós), Best Sound Design/Troia Int. Film Festival: The Silver Dolphin, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson for Best Actor. Special Mention to Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
 

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