Rúnar Rúnarsson’s story of a broken father-son relationship, Sparrows, has been selected by Iceland to represent the country in the competition for the best foreign-language film at the 2017 Oscar.
The film starring Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Kristbjörg Kjeld, Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir and Croatian-born Hollywood actor Rade Šerbedžija (“Downton Abbey”), World Premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema program.
SPARROWS is a coming-of-age story about the 16-year old boy Ari, who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar. There, he has to navigate a difficult relationship with his father, and he finds his childhood friends changed. In these hopeless and declining surroundings, Ari has to step up and find his way.
Sparrows is a journey from innocence to adulthood. It is a film about a father and son relationship, which has broken down, about adolescents and love. Sparrows takes place during a summer in a remote, Icelandic fishing village, which is in decline. During the nights at this time of the year, it is a place where the sun does not set. It stays low on the horizon, casting a constant magical light on the surroundings. And thus a magical and thematically poignant place to portray a story of change.