The Universe and Me

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

An honour to be nominated

One of the films nominated for the next Nordic Prize is the Icelandic Dís, based on the novel of the same name written by three friends. One of those friends, Silja Hauksdóttir, appears to be the one in charge of the group who adapted the book into a film. The film is set in Reykjavík during the summer of 2000 when a twenty something girl named Dís has taken a summer job as a receptionist at the Hótel Borg. This leads to encountering some interesting people who influence her life in different ways. Add in some clubbing, romantic entanglements with or without twins, retracted job offers, a fixation on former Icelandic president Vigdis Finnbogadóttir, the Dallas TV show, an earthquake, and some sarcasm and stir. Hauksdóttir studied philosophy at the University of Iceland which somehow led to working freelance in tv commercials, sitcoms and films. Since Dís, Hauksdóttir has directed a documentary about an Icelandic women's choir, titled The Choir. Go figure.


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