Director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and Einar Mär Gudmundsson join forces again in ANGELS OF THE UNIVERSE adapted from Gudmundsson's award winning novel (e.g. Nordic prize of Literature in 1995). The story is a testimony to a unique life, a homage to those who are relegated to the sidelines and condemned to observe. But ANGELS OF THE UNIVERSE preach no sermons. In a subtle blend of humour and zest, the film delicately charts the uneasy border zone where the comic and tragic fuse.
Fridriksson directed non-conventional documentaries, such as The Blacksmith (1981), Rock in Reykjavik (1982) and Icelandic Cowboys (1984), before his first feature, White Whales (1987). He then directed several films for Icelandic Television before making Children of Nature (1991), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1992 and received no less than twenty three other international prizes.
Movie Days (1994) followed up an the success of Children of Nature with a wider cinema release abroad than given to any Icelandic film before. lt was awarded the "Nordic Amanda" prize as the best Nordic film of 1994.
Cold Fever (1995), FRIDRIKSSON's most international production, has earned a world-wide distribution and been enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. Its many international prizes include "The Rosebud" at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 1995.
Devil's Island headed the top ten in Iceland in 1996 and again Fridriksson got the Nordic Amanda prize for the best Nordic film of 1997.
Angels of the Universe had its international premier at the Karlovy Vary Int. Film Festival. The film was given the FIPRESCI Main Prize and a Special Mention from the Grand Jury.
FRIDRIKSSON's company the Icelandic Film Corporation has been involved in almost every Icelandic film made in recent years as well as co-producing several international productions.
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Written by : Einar Mar Gudmundsson
Produced by : Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Director of Photography : Harald Gunnar Paalgard
Editor : Sigvaldi J. Karason, Skule Eriksen
Production Design : Jón Steinar Ragarsson
Costume Design : Helga I. Stefánsdóttir
Composer : Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
Main Cast : Baltasar Kormákur (Oli), Hilmir Snaer Gudnason (Pétur), Ingvar E. Sigurdsson (Paul), Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson (Viktor)
Nominations and Awards
- European Actor 2000
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2000