Icelandic crime movie clinches Best Film award

An Icelandic crime movie has won Best Film award at the Noir in Festival this week.

The Oath (original Icelandic: Eiðurinn), directed by Baltasar Kormákur, took the prestigious award at a ceremony held on Wednesday evening in Milan, Italy. The Noir in Festival takes place every December and focuses on thrillers and crime films.

The Oath fended off seven other shortlisted challengers to win the Best Film award.

The jury selected the Icelandic film for victory “[f]or the sublime skill with which the director, who also acted in and produced the film, was able to portray the drama of a man forced to confront his own contradictions, in a highly personal style that shows Kormákur’s mastery of the visual and dramaturgical aspects of the film medium”.

Baltasar Kormákur himself was unable to attend the event, but sent a video message. The Oath is the most seen and highest-grossing film in Iceland this year, according to a press release.

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