We are pleased to announce our next six films that will be screened at Stockfish in February. The Icelandic animator Sara Gunnarsdóttir will be among guests. She has been praised for her animations in the festival’s opening film The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015). Sara lives and works in USA but she will be present for the festival’s opening on February 18th. The Icelandic actor and director, Benedikt Erlingsson, will also attend the festival. He gained an international acknowledgment for his award-winning directorial debut Hross í Oss // Of Horses and Men (2013). His documentary The Show of Shows: 100 years of Vaudeville Circuses and Fairgrounds (2015) will be screened at the festival. Both Sara and Benedikt will attend a Q&A screenings of their film where the audience will have great opportunity to have all their questions answered.
OPENING FILM OF STOCKFISH 2016
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) – USA
The film takes place in San Francisco, year 1976, and follows Minnie, a fifteen year old girl that becomes obsessed about her mother’s boyfriend after she has sex with him. Minnie likes drawing and play Sara Gunnarsdóttir’s animations a big role in the film’s aesthetics and feeling.
The Show of Shows: 100 years of Vaudeville Circuses and Fairgrounds (2015) – Iceland/UK
In archival footage of clowns and circus animals, high wire stunts and human cannonballs, toddler fighters and strippers, boxing kangaroos and monkeys on bikes, the filmmakers create a kaleidoscopic yet troubling history of vaudeville and circus acts in the last two centuries. The music is truly a key component of the film, since there’s barely any talk. Icelandic film composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson collaborates on the score with Sigurrós members Orri Pall Dyrason and Georg Holm as well as the guitarist from For a Minor Reflection, Kjartan Dagur Holm.
All photographs from the film are owned by Sheffield University. The National Fairground Archive.
Z for Zachariah (2015) – USA/Iceland
After a nuclear war the world is almost uninhabitable because of radiation. Yet the radiation has hardly touched a small valley in America where fate has led three people together. Ann, John and Caleb try to prepare for winter while a complicated love triangle brews among possibly the last three people on Earth.
The Assassin // Nie yin niang (2015) – Taiwan
Beautiful and mysterious Yinniang works as an assassin in ninth century China. She is sent to kill a powerful lord who was once betrothed to her. A grandiose martial-arts epic from Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien, where each frame is a carefully conceived work of art.
The Other Side (2015) – USA/Italy
This is a documentary about the bastard stepchildren of the American Dream. First we follow the life and loves of drug addicts Mark and Lisa, who believe the only way to get clean is to go to jail. Later we follow anti-government military men, who do military drills to prepare for the Civil war they believe is impending.
Hard to be God // Trudno byt bogom (2014) – Russia
The civilization on the planet Arkanar is at the medieval phase, hardly distinguishable from medieval times on Earth. But will their progress be positive? A group of scientists travel from Earth to make sure Arkanians find the right path to progress, yet there are limits to the ways they can interfere. Rumata is one of those scientists and as he tries to save the local intellectuals from prosecution he‘s forced to take a position.
* Previously announced were films End of Summer, Son of Saul, Nahid, Cemetery of Splendour, Victoria og The Look of Silence and guests Jóhann Jóhannsson and László Rajk. See here.