Children of Nature

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

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Original title Börn náttúrunnar
DIRECTOR Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
PRODUCER Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
DOP Ari Kristinsson
SCRIPT Einar Már Gudmundsson, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
SOUND Kjartan Kjartansson
MUSIC Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
EDITOR Skule Eriksen
CO-PRODUCER Max Film Berlin, Metro Film Oslo
RELEASE 1991
LENGTH 85
GENRE Drama
CAST Gísli Halldórsson, Sigrídur Hagalín, Bruno Ganz, Egill Ólafsson, Kristinn Fridfinnsson, Rúrik Haraldsson, Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir

Synopsis

An old man who lives by himself decides to give up farming and move to the city, where he has a difficult time settling in and ends up in an old people's home. There he meets an old flame who dreams of being buried on the farm where she grew up, which has now been deserted for years. One night they flee together in search of adventure.

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

Oscar nomination 1992: Best Foreign Language Film/ Felix European Film Prize 1991: Best original music score: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Nomination for the European actress of the year (Sigriður Hagalin)/ Festival des Filmes du Monde 1991, Montréal, Canada: Best Artistic Contribution/ Prize of the Nordic Film Institutes 1991, Lubeck, Germany/ Festival International Henri Langlois 1992, Tours France: Best Actor (Gísli Halldórsson)/ Mostra International del Film d'Autore, San Remo, Italy: Best Actor (Gísli Halldórsson), Audience Award - The Bronze Plate The Nordic Film Festival 1992, Rouen: The Public Prize, The A.C.O.R. Prize (Association of Cinemas)/ International Film Festival Troia 1992: Silver Dolphin-Best Film, Best Actor (Gísli Halldórsson)/ FIPRESCI Award-Best Film/ OCIC-Catholic Int. Association of Critics Northern Light Festival: The Carl Dreyer Prize/ Cologne International Film Festival 1993: The Public Prize/ Stuttgart Natur Film Festival 1993: Grand Prix/ The 10th Nordic Film Festival: Best Scandinavian Film 1991-1993/ Yubari International Film Festival, Japan 1993: Grand Prix.
 

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