Jar City (film)

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Jar City
Myrin ver2.jpg
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Produced by Agnes Johansen
Lilja Pálmadóttir
Written by Arnaldur Indriðason
Starring Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir
Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
Music by Mugison
Cinematography Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Edited by Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Release dates
  • 20 October 2006 (2006-10-20) (Iceland)
  • 21 October 2007 (2007-10-21) (London Film Festival)
  • 20 September 2008 (2008-09-20) (UK wide release)
Running time 91 minutes
Country Iceland
Germany
Denmark
Language Icelandic
Box office $748,315[1]

Jar City (Icelandic: Mýrin - "The Bog") is a 2006 Icelandic film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. It is based on Mýrin, a novel written by Arnaldur Indriðason and released in English as Jar City.

Kormákur is in the midst of producing an English-language remake, also called Jar City, which will be set in Louisiana.[2]

Plot[edit]

A world-weary cop comes to believe a recent murder of an elderly man is linked to a case of rape three decades earlier and works to put the pieces together.

Like the book on which it is based, the film is implicitly a fierce critique of the gene-gathering work of the Icelandic company deCODE genetics.[3]

Cast[edit]

  • Ingvar E. Sigurðsson as Erlendur
  • Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir as Eva Lind
  • Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Sigurður Óli
  • Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir as Elínborg
  • Atli Rafn Sigurðsson as Örn
  • Kristbjörg Kjeld as Katrín
  • Þorsteinn Gunnarsson as Holberg
  • Theódór Júlíusson as Elliði
  • Þórunn Magnea Magnúsdóttir as Elín
  • Guðmunda Elíasdóttir as Theodóra
  • Walter Grímsson as Handrukkarar
  • Sveinn Olafur Gunnarsson
  • Magnús Ragnarsson as Lögfræðingur
  • Rafnhildur Rósa Atladótir as Kola
  • Jón Sigurbjörnsson as Albert

Soundtrack[edit]

The score was composed by Mugison.

Track listing:

  1. "Til eru fræ"
  2. "Sveitin milli sanda"
  3. "Bíum bíum bambaló"
  4. "Erlendur"
  5. "Elliði"
  6. "Á Sprengisandi"
  7. "Fyrir átta árum"
  8. "Áfram veginn – Nikka"
  9. "Áfram veginn"
  10. "Halabalúbbúlúbbúlei"
  11. "Malakoff"
  12. "Bí bí og blaka I"
  13. "Myrra"
  14. "Kirkjuhvoll"
  15. "Bí bí og blaka II"
  16. "Dagný"
  17. "Heyr, Ó Gud raust mína"
  18. "Lyrik"
  19. "Nú hnígur sól"
  20. "Sofðu unga ástin mín"
  21. "Ódur til Hildigunnar"
  22. "Svefnfræ"
  23. "Fræsvefn"
  24. "Svefnfræ, söngur"
  25. "Nú legg ég augun aftur"

Incidental music: Extract from George Frideric Handel's The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from the oratorio Solomon

Prizes[edit]

The film was awarded the Crystal Globe Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2007.[4] It also won the Breaking Waves Award at the 15th Titanic International Film Festival in Budapest with a €10 000 prize, the film was screened with the title 'Bloodline'.[5]

DVD[edit]

A Blockbuster Exclusive Region 1 DVD was released in the U.S. and Canada. Otherwise, the film was not released commercially in America. It has also been released on DVD in Europe and is available on iTunes.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MýRIN (JAR CITY)". Box Office Mojo. 
  2. ^ Icelandic Thriller 'Jar City' Getting an American Remake
  3. ^ Lucy Burke, 'Genetics and the Scene of the Crime: DeCODING Tainted Blood', Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, 6 (2012), 193–208. doi:10.3828/jlcds.2012.16.
  4. ^ IFC fill 'Jar' with Icelandic thriller
  5. ^ Icelandic films clean up in Budapest

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