Program announcement

We are excited to announce the first films & guests at Stockfish Film Festival 2017!

Alain Guiraudie

Alain Guiraudie

The French director and screenwriter Alain Guiraudie will be an honorary guest in this year’s festival. Mr. Guiraudie’s films have won multiple awards, including an award for best direction in ‘Un Certain Regard’ category at Cannes for his film Stranger by the Lake (2013). His newest film Staying Vertical (2016) was nominated within ‘Palme d’Or’ at Cannes last year. Both of these films will be screened at the festival and his older film King of Escape (2009) as well. He has won the Queer Palm award in Cannes and his films are usually LGBT-related and include stories about sexuality, love and passion. Mr. Guiraudie will attend Q&A screenings of his films.

Benedict Andrews

Benedict Andrews


The Australian director Benedict Andrews will also be a guest at the festival. He currently lives in Iceland and has worked in the National Theatre where he directed Macbeth og King Lear among other plays. His first feature film, UNA, will be screened at the festival and Mr. Andrews attend a Q&A screening of his film.

The Norwegian film The King’s choice and the Finnish film The other side of hope will also be screened at the festival.



Staying Vertical // Rester vertical
Director: Alain Guiraudie
The film follows a filmmaker who has to raise a child (whom he had with a shepherdess) by himself whilst seeking inspiration for his new film.

“The Most Shocking Movie at Cannes This Year Is Staying Vertical …  A bizarre comedy about . . . lots of things has audiences at Cannes buzzing ” – Cannes review – Vanity Fair

The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Further information: imdb og Wikipedia

Stranger by the Lake // L’Inconnu du lac
Director: Alain Guiraudie
Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Frank falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Frank knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.

Stranger by the Lake was premiered in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category at Cannes Film Festival 2013 and was awarded for the best direction. The film also won the Queer Palm awards.

Further information: imdb og Wikipedia

The King of Escape // Le roi de l’évasion
Director: Alain Guiraudie
Armand Lacourtade is sick of his life as a single gay man. After meeting Curly, a brash teenage girl, he goes straight. With all kinds of people on their tails, they defy every danger to be together in their forbidden love. But is this really what Armand dreamed of?

Further information: imdb

Director: Benedict Andrews
UK 2016
Una is a 27 year old woman who comes to Ray‘s workplace to confront him about the relationship they had years earlier. They ran off together and had what she, at the time, felt was a love affair, but since she was twelve at the time and he was forty she has a different view of it now.

Frekari upplýsingar: imdb og Wikipedia

The King‘s Choice // Kongens nei
Director: Erik Poppe
April 1940. The Germans have reached the shores of Norway and aim to occupy the country. King Haakon VII manages to flee to northern Norway along with the government. But first they need the king‘s signature. So the old king must decide, should he let the Norwegians keep fighting an impossible battle or should they keep going and side with the allies?

The film was one of nine films shortlisted for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.

Further information: imdb og Wikipedia

The Other Side of Hope // Toivon tuolla puolen
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived from Finland. The film is a second chapter in his “port city trilogy” that was kicked off with 2011’s charming “Le Havre.”

The Other Side of Hope is in competition at the 67th Berlin Internation Film Festival this year.

Further information: imdb og Wikipedia

More titles, events and guests will be announced shortly!