The Icelandic Film and Television Academy announces the winners of the Edda Awards
- The 2021 edition saw the triumph of Ragnar Bragason’s The Garden, which scooped nine accolades, and the TV drama The Minister, awarded with three statuettes
On Sunday 3 October, the Icelandic Film and Television Academy announced the recipients of this year’s prestigious Edda Awards. The Eddas, established in 1999, honour the biggest national film and TV successes of the season, and are the most prominent awards in the local audiovisual industry. The 2021 edition saw the triumph of Ragnar Bragason’s dramedy The Garden [+see also:
film profile], in receipt of nine accolades, and the TV drama The Minister, awarded with three statuettes.
An Icelandic-Polish co-production, The Garden centres on Indiana (Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir), who lives on a council estate and makes a living by taking advantage of the welfare system. In her small, private garden, she tends to her award-winning tree. When her only son turns up with a foreign girlfriend, Indiana’s world is upended. The feature scooped a huge haul of trophies, including those for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Supporting Actress, among others.
The second main victor, the TV series The Minister, co-produced by Sagafilm and pubcaster RÚV with Sweden’s Yellow Bird/C More-TV4, won the Award for Best Fiction Series. The eight-part show follows populist prime minister Benedikt Ríkarðsson (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) as his mental illness grows and his colleagues try to keep it a secret from the nation. For his performance as the Icelandic statesman, Ólafsson was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, whilst Davíð Kristjánsson won the Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Here is the list of the 2021 Edda Award winners:
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson – The Minister (Iceland/Sweden/Denmark/Finland/Norway)
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir – The Garden
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Þorvaldur Davíð Kristjánsson – The Minister
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir – The Garden
Ragnar Bragason – The Garden
Best Children’s and Youth Production
A Song Called Hate – Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdottir
Best Fiction Series
Best Short Film
Yes-People – Gísli Darri Halldórsson
Best Visual Effects
Filmgate, Guðjón Jónsson, Árni Gestur Sigfússon – Thin Ice (Sweden/Iceland/France)
Helga Rós V Hannam – The Garden
Áslaug Dröfn Sigurðardóttir – The Garden
Huldar Freyr Arnarson – The Valhalla Murders
Valdís Óskarsdóttir, Sigurður Eyþórsson and Guðlaugur Andri Eyþórsson – The Valhalla Murders
Árni Filippusson – The Garden
Best Production Design
Heimir Sverrisson – The Garden
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