EXCLUSIVE: The Icelandic Film and Television Academy has chosen Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s Beautiful Beings as Iceland’s official entry within the Best International Feature Film class for the 2023 Academy Awards.

The coming-of-age drama world premiered in Berlin Panorama this yr, the place it received the Europa Cinemas Label after which went on to play over 30 festivals, successful eight awards so far. It is at the moment chosen for the European Film Awards’ longlist.

The function is Guðmundsson’s second movie after his award-winning debut function Heartstone.

Set within the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, the drama follows Addi, a teenage boy raised by a clairvoyant mom, who adopts a bullied child into his group of violent misfits.

When the boys’ personal aggressive conduct escalates towards life-threatening conditions, Addi begins to expertise a collection of dreamlike visions. Will his newfound instinct information him and his pals towards a safer path, or will they dive additional into violence?

Beautiful Beings is an intimate and heart-rending story, introduced in an trustworthy and measured method,” Iceland’s Oscar choice committee mentioned in an announcement.

“A serious a part of the movie‘s effectiveness is the commendable and singular efficiency of a younger and brave forged. The tone, spirit, and emotion of the narrative make the most of the movie kind in a outstanding approach, leading to a uncooked and highly effective expertise.”


New Europe Film Sales handles worldwide gross sales on Beautiful Beings and has struck offers to a number of territories, together with UK, Benelux, Germany, Hungary, and Spain. US distributor is Altered Innocence.

The function is produced by Anton Máni Svansson at Join Motion Pictures in Iceland, in coproduction with Motor Productions (Denmark), Hobab and Film i Väst (Sweden), Bastide Films (The Netherlands) and Negativ (Czech Republic).

The movie was supported by the Icelandic Film Centre, Iceland’s Ministry of Industries and Innovation, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV, Sena, Danish Film Institute, DR, Scanbox, Swedish Film Institute, Film i Väst, Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Czech Film Fund, Nordisk Film & TV fond, and Eurimages.

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