After considering 18 projects in New Nordic Films Work in Progress section, the jury consisting of Bent Hamer, Dorien van de Pas and Heidi Zwicker decided to give the Eurimages Lab Project Award 2016, consisting of €50.000, to the Icelandic film “The Wind Blew On” by director and producer Katrín Ólafsdóttir (International/Incoherence).
“We were struck by the beauty of the images and the whole cinematic approach. The concept of the film creates an emotional journey, which reaches out directly to us, the viewers.
The jury respects the commitment of this filmmaker to the strong vision and the Independent way of developing the project.”
“Perhaps I’m already dead,” says the little boy at one point in Katrín Ólafsdóttir’s The Wind Blew On, to himself or someone else, but these words are spoken in a world where no one can confirm this to him either way. He is on a journey, alone and with others, things having strayed from their course without anyone knowing why. The unsettling landscapes he makes his way through, real and imaginary; the ruins he plays among and the enigmatic figures he encounters there, threatening and welcoming in turn, who teach him how to become who he is; the half-remembered fragments of the past that somehow return to him: The Wind Blew On shows us scenes of a life lived after the end of the world has taken place,
and the search for an escape from this fate.”
Katrín Ólafsdóttir made her short film debut with “Slurpinn & Co” (1998), which she wrote, choreographed, acted in, produced and directed. Her films have won several international awards and have been screened at festivals, cinemas and in museums. Along with Bertrand Mandico she is the founder of the film collective International/Incohérence and has made short films under their manifesto.
(The film is scheduled for release in 2017)