”Heartstone” is produced by Lise Orheim Stender and Jesper Morthorst from SF Studios Production in cooperation with Islandic Join Motion Pictures. The movie is Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundssons feature film debut and in the lead roles are the two young gifted talents Baldur Einarsson og Blær Hinriksson.
”Heartstone” had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2016, were it received a Queen Lion. Since then it has received more than 32 international prizes on festivals all over the world. ”Heartstone” is also shortlisted the European Film Award 2017.08.22
The purpose of the Nordic Council Film Prize is to raise interest in the Nordic cultural community as well as to recognise outstanding artistic initiatives. The films are selected and nominated because of their deep roots in Nordic culture, their high artistic quality and originality, and for the way they combine and elevate the many elements of film into a compelling and holistic work of art. The DKK 350,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors. Last year’s winner of the Film Prize was the Norwegian film “Louder Than Bombs” by Joachim Trier. Previous winners count Benedikt Erlingsson for “Of Horses and Men”, Thomas Vinterberg for “The Hunt”, Dagur Kári for “Virgin Mountain”, Pernilla August for “Beyond”, and Lars von Trier for “Antichrist” among others.
The winner will be announced Wednesday, November 1st 2017 in Helsingfors, Finland.