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Ragnar Bragason

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Original title Börn
DIRECTOR Ragnar Bragason
PRODUCER Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Hlynur Kristjánsson, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Ragnar Bragason, Víkingur Kristjánsson
DOP Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
SCRIPT Ragnar Bragason, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
SOUND Huldar Freyr Arnarson
MUSIC Pétur Þór Benediktsson
EDITOR Sverrir Kristjánsson
RELEASE 2006
LENGTH 93
GENRE Drama
CAST Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Andri Snær Helgason

Synopsis

Karitas is a single mother of four who desperately tries to make ends meet. Fighting a losing battle with her ex-husband for custody over her three daughters, she's oblivious to what's going on with her twelve year old son Gudmund, a victim of brutal bullying at school and whose life is on the fast track to destruction. Gudmund's only friend in the world is Marinó, a schizophrenic in his forties, who lives with his mother in the same apartment building. When Marinó realizes that his mother has secretly been dating a stranger, Marino starts to lose grip on reality. Gardar is an underworld enforcer who makes a mess at work and as a result his twin brother Georg is beaten up. Exiled both from the underworld and his family, Gardar has to make a fresh start in life. He decides to seek out his family, Gardar has to make a fresh start in life. He decided to seek out his son Gudmund whom he has never seen but the straight and narrow is a tough path to follow.

Director

Ragnar Bragason was born 1971 in Sudavik Iceland. His debut feature film FIASCO recieved ‘The Jury Award’ at The Cairo International Film Festival in 2000 and the ‘Icelandic Cultural Award’ the same year. Official Festival Selection: 2001 Toronto International Film Festival, Mannheim, Pusan, Gothenburg, Raindance and more. His second feature film, the internationally acclaimed CHILDREN, was awarded the Golden Swan for ‘Best Film’ at The Copenhagen International Film Festival 2007, received ‘Best Director’ at Transilvania International Film Festival in Romania 2007, ‘The Jury Award’ at The Courmayeur Noir International Film Festival in Italy 2006 and was nominated for a record number of ‘Edda’s – The Icelandic Film Awards’ the same year. CHILDREN was named as one of ‘The 10 Best European Films of 2006’ by European- films.net and was an official selection at the international film festivals in San Sebastian, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Pusan and more. His third feature PARENTS won all of the major awards at the Edda’s – The Icelandic Film Awards 2007; Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor In a Leading Role, Actress In a Leading Role and Best Cinematography. The same happended with his fourth feature MR.BJARNFREÐARSON in 2009. All in all Ragnar’s work has been nominated 51 times for Edda’s at The Icelandic Film Awards in the last 10 years and has been awarded 24 times so far. Besides the feature films his TV series THE PRISON SHIFT, THE DAY SHIFT, THE NIGHT SHIFT, THE GIRLS and FOSTBROTHERS have won the award for ‘Best TV Drama/Comedy’ Ragnar got the award for ‘Best Music Video’ STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE – BANG GANG in 2004. Among other nominations for Edda are; LOVE IS IN THE AIR ‘Best Documentary’ 2004, DRAMARAMA ‘Director Of The Year 2001’ and WORMSTONGUE – A LOVE STORY ‘The Best TV Drama/Comedy’ 2000. Ragnar is also an awarded director of commercials and music videos. His campaign WATER for the National Newspaper DV was awarded ‘Best Promotion of a Newspaper Online Service’ at the International Newspaper Marketing Assosiation Festival in Las Vegas 2001. The music video SO ALONE by the band BANG GANG won the ‘Best Video of 2001’ at the International Film Festival ‘Cinema du Fantastic’ in Gerardme, France. Ragnar has 7 times been awarded at the Icelandic Music Video Awards, two times for ‘Video of the year’. Videos by Ragnar have appeared on channels such as MTV and VH1. His Screenplay THE WHISPERER was nominated for the 2003 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award as ‘Screenplay of the Year’.

Honors

Transylvania International Film Festival, 2007 - Director of the Year/Copenhagen International Film Festival, 2007 -The Golden Swan for the Best Film - Best Actor IFF Ivanovo Zerkalo, 2007 - Edda Awards for Script of the Year, 2006 - Valle d'Aosta Cinema Award, Special Jury Price, 2006
 

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