Mr. Bjarnfreðarson

Ragnar Bragason

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Original title Bjarnfreðarson
DIRECTOR Ragnar Bragason
PRODUCER Kjartan Þór Þórðarsson, Magnús Viðar Sigurðsson
DOP Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
SCRIPT Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, Jón Gnarr, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon, Ragnar Bragason
SOUND Huldar Freyr Arnarson
MUSIC Pétur Pen
EDITOR Sverrir Kristjánsson
RELEASE 2009
LENGTH 105
GENRE Comedy
CAST Jón Gnarr, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon

Synopsis

Mr. Bjarnfreðarson is the final, stand-alone chapter in the lives of the former co-workers and friends Georg Bjarnfreðarson, an over-educated know-it-all, social outcast and closeted gay man; Daniel Sævarsson, a young man who´s struggling with the web of lies he´s concocted to deceive his family who think he´s finishing medical school; And Olafur Ragnar, a 40 year old man-child who is still struggling to fit in with the in-crowd. The story begins when Georg is realized on parole after a long stay in jail for murder. When Bjarnfredur, his mother refuses to take him in, practically disowning him, Daniel, who Georg tried to frame for the murder he committed, reluctantly invites him to stay at his place until he gets back on his feet. Ólafur, the former co-worker, is also staying at Daniel´s house to the anoyance of Ylfa, Daníel´s wife. When these three en reconnect, all hell breaks loose.

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

Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2010 - Award: Feature Film of the Year. Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Jón Gnarr, also awarded for Fangavaktin). Screenplay of the Year (Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, Jón Gnarr, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon, Ragnar Bragason). Cinematography of the Year (Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson). Costume Design of the Year (Helga Rós V Hannam, also awarded for Fangavaktin). Director of the Year (Ragnar Bragason, also awarded for Fangavaktin). Nominated for Actress of the Year in a Leading Role (Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, also nominated for Fangavaktin). Nominated for Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon, Jörundur Ragnarsson,also nominated for Fangavaktin). Nominated for Set Design of the Year (Júlía Embla Katrínardóttir, Sveinn Viðar Hjartarson). Nominated for Make-up Acheivment of the Year (Áslaug Dröfn Sigurðardóttir).
 

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