Englar alheimsins - Angels of the Universe (DVD)
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Angels of the Universe portrays the life of Paul, who suffers from schizophrenia, and the way people react to his illness.
At first we see him with his family, childhood friends and the girl (Halldóra Geirhardsdóttir) that he loves, and then we follow him into the psychiatric hospital. There we meet his colorful companions Óli Beatle (Baltasar Kormákur), who believes he has written all the Beatles' songs and sent them to the group as telepathic messages; the sophisticated and erudite Viktor (Björn Jörundur), who sometimes suddenly turns into Hitler; and Peter (Hilmir Snær Gudnason), Paul's room-mate, who has freaked out on acid and is under the impression he wrote a doctorate about Schiller at a Chinese university.
Awards and nominations
- Academy Awards, 2001 - Award: Iceland´s Entry for Best Foreign language Film.
- Santa Barbara Film Festival, 2001 - Award: World Prism Award.
- Troia Int. Film Festival, 2001 - Award: OCIC Award - Special Mention (Fridrik ThórFridriksson). Silver Dolphin for Best Actori (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson).
- Göteborg Film Festival, 2000 - Award: Best Screenplay.
- Karlovy Vary Int. Film Festival, 2000 - Award: The main Fipresci Jury Prize. Special Jury Mention.
- European Film Awards, 2000 - Award: The People's Choice Awards: Best European Actor (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson). Nominated for Best European Actor (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson)
- Film by the Sea, 2000 - Award: Best film.
- The Edda Awards - Award: Film of the Year. Director of the Year. Actor in a leading role (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson). Actor in a supporting role (Björn Jörundur Fridbjörnsson). Actress in a supporting role (Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir), Original Score of the Year (Himar Örn Hilmarsson, Sound Design of the Year (Kjartan Kjartansson, )
Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir
Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson
Friðrik Steinn Friðriksson
Sara Margrét Mikaelsdóttir
- Genre: Drama
- Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
- Audio: Icelandic
- Subtitles: English
- Tunning time: 97 min
- Published: 2000
- System: PAL
- Region 2 (DVD)