Þráinn Bertelsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Þráinn.

Þráinn Bertelsson (born 30 November 1944) is an Icelandic film director, writer, politician, journalist and newspaper editor. He moved into politics in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008, and was elected a member of the Althing in 2009, initially for the Citizens' Movement. He later left the party to become an independent MP, before joining the Left-Green Movement, which he currently represents.[1]

Film production[edit]

Þráinn has written, directed and produced seven feature films. His 1981 film Jón Oddur & Jón Bjarni (English title: The Twins) won a Silver Award at the 1982 Giffoni Film Festival.[2][3] His 1989 film Magnús was nominated for two European Film Awards, for best picture and best script, and received the 1990 DV Cultural Prize in Iceland.[4][5]

He was the first filmmaker to be granted a lifetime award by the Althing.[citation needed]

He was a co-founder of Norðan 8 and in 1982 founded his own film company, Nýtt líf (New Life Ltd.). He served a year as chairman of The Association of Icelandic Film Directors.[4]


Þráinn has written columns for Iceland's largest newspaper, Fréttablaðið, and his autobiographical Einhvers konar ég (English: Some Kind of Me) sold more than 20,000 copies in Iceland.[citation needed] In 1987-1988, Þráinn was the editor of the newspaper Þjóðviljinn, and in 1990 of the magazine Hesturinn okkar.[4]

His 1984 book Hundrað ára afmælið won the Children's Literature Prize of the Reykjavík Board of Education.[2]

He has also written two darkly comic crime novels, Dauðans óvissi tími (Death's Uncertain Hour, 2004) and Valkyrjur (Valkyries, 2005), about Iceland's "new Vikings", the unscrupulous Icelandic businessmen at home and in the international community.

From 1992 to 1994, he was chairman of The Writer’s Union of Iceland.[4]


Þráinn has been a member of the Althing since 2009, initially representing the Citizens' Movement party. On 14 August 2009 he left the party, choosing to sit as an independent. He is now sitting with the Left Green Party.


He is married to Sólveig Eggertsdóttir, an artist who heads a department at the Iceland Art Academy. They have two children and live in Reykjavík.[4]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "CV at Althing's official web site". Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Þráinn Bertelsson: Verðlaun og viðurkenningar, Bókmenntir.is, Reykjavík City Library (Icelandic)
  3. ^ The Twins, More Icelandic films, Icelandic Film Centre.
  4. ^ a b c d e Þráinn Bertelsson, Icelandic Literature, Reykjavík City Library
  5. ^ Magnús, More Icelandic films, Icelandic Film Centre.