Stockfish Film Festival presents the first five films that will be screened during our carefully curated film days. We are proud and honoured to be presenting films that are all unique, beautiful, heartbreaking and humorous in their own ways.

A friendship between two young boys, Europe seen through the eyes of a donkey, a crazy bureaucrat during The Soviet Union regime, women in prison and the war in Ukraine witnessed through the eyes of a filmmaker are amongst the themes that are explored in these titles.

Stockfish will present an ambitious program for festival guests with selected international award-winning films as well as various special screenings and retrospects. The films will be accompanied by prominent guests from around the globe.


Nomination for the Academy Awards as Best Foreign Picture 2023

Director: Lukas Dhont, Belgium, The Netherlands, France. 2022

“Close” follows Stockfish program emphasis on films that received awards or nominations at the European Film Awards 2022 after the ceremony was held in Reykjavík last December. An intense friendship between two 13 year old boys, Leó and Remí, is disrupted without notice. Leó has a difficult time understanding what happened and decides to approach Remí’s mother. Based on the director’s own personal experience.

Winner at Grand Prix Cannes Film Festival 2022

Nomination as the Best European Film at The European Film Awards 2022

Close is one of the titles that conform the Stockfish LUX film corner, supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Iceland.

Alain Dessauvage, the editor of the film, will attend Q/A’s at the Stockfish Open Talks.


Best Documentary at the European Film Awards 2022

Director: Mantas Kvedaravičius. Lithuania, France, Germany. 2022

In 2022, filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius went to Ukraine, Mariupol, at the beginning of the war to be with the people he had met and filmed in 2015. Following his death, his producers and collaborators have put their strength into continuing his work, his vision and films.


Nomination for the Academy Awards as the Best Foreign Picture 2023

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski. Poland, Italy. 2022

In collaboration with the Polish Embassy in Reykjavík, Stockfish will present a Retrospective of the works of Jerzy Skolimowski, curated by Ewa Piaskowska, scriptwriter and Mr. Skolimowski´s wife.

EO is a grey donkey with melancholic eyes, born in a circus. On his journey through modern Europe he encounters good people and bad, but not for one moment does he lose his innocence.

Winner of the Best European Score at the European Film Awards 2022

Winner of The Jury Prize award at the Cannes Film Festival 2022


Director: Fatmir Koçi. Albania 2022.

Based on an Albanian novel, the premise is The Soviet Union regime during the 70’s and focuses on the exploits of Comrade Zylo, a bureaucrat at The Ministry of Culture. In an attempt to impress his superiors and party members, Comrade Zylo manipulates Demka, an inspiring, frustrated writer to write on his behalf brilliant speeches and reports based on Zylo’s improbable theories of what is Proletariat Culture.

The director Fatmir Koçi will attend Q/A’s at the Stockfish Film Festival Open Talks. The producer, Mike Downey will also be attending.


Director: Péter Kerekes. Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic. 2021

In a prison in Odessa, Ukraine, women are allowed to serve their sentence with their children until their third birthday. The film follows the cruelty of these women’s lives, their children and prison guards.

From 2023, Stockfish will present a yearly “Industry in Focus”. For this edition the festival will host a delegation and side program from Slovakia.

“This event is part of the KÓSY KINO project, which benefits from a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic.”

The Director and co-writer, Péter Kerrekes, will attend Q/A’s at the Stockfish Film Festival Open Talks.