Usually, the frigid little island in the north, Iceland, is only graced by one film festival per year. That means that the festival films and indie flicks are usually crammed into two weeks in the fall. Well, no more! Now there’s one at the end of winter: Stockfish European Film Festival! 2015 is the first time it’s held under this new name, referring to the local ‘delicacy’ of dried fish, as it’s a revival of the older festival that ran from 1978 to 2001.
The festival itself is a small and tight affair, taking place in Reykjavik’s premiere, and only, indie cinema: Bio Paradis (named so after Cinema Paradiso). 36 films playing from February 19th to March 1st, along with panel discussions and other events, with directors in attendance. Blowfly Park opened the festival and among its big hitters are festival darling and vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D film Goodbye to Language, Oscar winner Ida and Julia. Check out more at their website.
It’s safe to say that Stockfish is a welcome addition to Iceland’s cinematic landscape and adds another reason to visit in the tail-end of winter.