Our day started in Hafnarhúsið, at the off venue event at Reykjavik Art Museum in collaboration with Reykjavik Shorts & Docs where the film Tales of a Sea Cow by artist Etienne de France was screened. Afterwards he sat down for Q&A with Icelandic filmmaker Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir.
“this mockumentary is highly recommended”
Tales of a Sea Cow describes how a team of scientists has achieved the first ever decoding of animal communication; for the first time in history, they translated the song of a marine mammal – the Steller’s sea cow-, a species, which was until now thought extinct since 1768, until its rediscovery in 2007, along the coasts of Greenland. This mockumentary is highly recommended, even though we didn’t manage to watch the whole film.
Next stop was Bíó Paradís, where we saw three films in row, first the premiere of the film I’m Not Such a Beautiful Landscape by Emiliano Monaco and the film West Edges by Luca Di Meo followed by Q&A´s. They both had in common that the filmmakers are Italians, displaying Icelandic people or culture in their films.
Last on our schedule was The Boy Mir by Phil Grabsky, a film about the boy Mir, following his life situation for ten years in Afghanistan. The film made me think about many things, the harsh environment they live in and the importance of education and a better chance in life. And of course showing us a glimpse in to a world that we do not know so well. The only thing was, that the soundworld was a bit overlapping at times. But all in all, a great and ambitious film.
People took good brakes in between movies, had chats outside, and so forth. We can’t wait for the last day of this amazing film festival, and the award ceremony where the winning short film and winning documentary film will be announced.
Text/photographs: Ása Baldurdóttir
Photographs: Ása Baldursdóttir and Edda Björnsdóttir