"The loneliness and confusion in the kids is something that every one of us can connect to. The whole spectrum of feelings -pain, anger and love- is felt for the first time." Rúnar Rúnarsson (Director)
A poetic meditation on growing up against a backdrop of staggering Nordic landscape.
The first thing we see in Sparrows is not the songbirds that lend the title to the film but rather an angel-faced, reedy voiced teenager singing in a church. We are following 16-year old Ari, who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar. There, he has to navigate a difficult relationship with his father, and he finds his childhood friends changed. In these hopeless and declining surroundings, Ari has to step up and find his way. Following the footsteps of Volcano, Rúnar Rúnarsson charms with this delicately charming coming of age story with yet another warmingly observational tone and staggeringly dreamy images (with a hypnotic score by Kjartan Sveinsson from Sigur Rós). Like Volcano, deep down, Sparrows also deals with the abrupt loss of innocence and that idyllic landscape of growing up and coping with life.
2015 TORONTO, CHICAGO, SAN SEBASTIAN
Born in 1977 in Reykjavik, Iceland, Rúnar Rúnarsson graduated from the Danish Film School. His short, Síðasti Bærinn (2004) was nominated for an Oscar in 2006. His feature debut Volcano (2011, !f 2012) was nominated for the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival. Sparrows (2015) is his second feature.