And Breathe Normally


Title: And Breathe Normally
Format: Feature
Language: Icelandic, English
Duration: 102 minutes
Release: 2018

Director: Ísold Uggadóttir
Screenwriter: Ísold Uggadóttir
DOP: Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
Editor: Frédérique Broos
Producer: Skúli Malmquist / Zik Zak Filmworks
Co-producers: Annika Hellström / Cinenic Film, Diana Elbaum / Entre Chien et Loup

Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir
Babetida Sadjo
Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson

The Match Factory

2019 Melbourne Queer Film Festival
2019 Espoo International Film Festival
2018 Sundance Film Festival – Winner Best Director
2018 Göteborg Film Festival – FIPRESCI Award
2018 Aspen Film Festival
2018 Vancouver International Film Festival
2018 Nordic Film Days St. Petersburg
2018 Key West Film Festival
2018 Kerala International Film Festival
2018 Istanbul Film Festival
2018 Stockholms Feministiska Filmfestival
2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2018 Art Film Fest Košice
2018 Provincetown Film Festival – Won the HBO Audience Award.
2018 Melbourne International Film Festival
2018 Jerusalem Film Festival
2018 New Zealand International Film Festival
2018 New Horizons International Film Festival
2018 Traverse City Film Festival – won the Roger Ebert Award.
2018 Athens International Film Festival – 1st price, main competition
2018 Queer Screen Film Festival, Sydney, Australia – Winner in main competition
2018 Faroe Islands Minority Film Festival – Best Picture.
2018 Queer Lisboa – Verðlaun: Best Actress (Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir).
2018 Hamptons International Film Festival – Won the  Brizzolara Family Foundation award.
2018 Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany
2018 Scanorama European Film Forum, Lithuania
2018 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival,
2018 Duhok International Film Festival, Írak
2018 Mumbai International Film Festival
2018 Panorama of the European Film, Egypt
2018 International Film Festival of India, Goa
2018 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
2018 Almaty Film Festival, Kazakhstan
2018 Noordelijik Film Festival, Holland – Won the award for special contribution to Nordic films.
2018 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
2018 Philadelphia Film Festival
2018 Frameline, San Francisco
2018 Bergen International Film Fest
2018 Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund
2018 CPH PIX, Denmark
2018 Ostend Film Festival, Belgíum
2018 Leiden International Film Festival, Holland
2018 Noordelijk Film Festival, Holland
2018 Scanorama European Film Forum

Interview with Isold Uggardottir from Zita theater in Stockholm aug 2018

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And Breathe Normally

Reykjanes peninsula is where AND BREATHE NORMALLY takes place. And it is no coincidence. Reykjanes is a cross section of Icelandic society from all walks of life, including asylum-seekers and refugees — in particular those who are temporarily sheltered at local refugee asylums.

These are individuals who often and themselves in a traumatic limbo, unsure whether they are coming or going, waiting aimlessly while immigration of cials slowly process their paperwork, and determine which asylum seeker is given permission to stay, and which shall be deported — often forcefully, in the dead of night. ReykjanespeninsulaisalsohometoavarietyofIceland- ers, some of which have been evicted due to defaults on their mortgage payments. According to the Bureau of Statistics, the highest percentage of evicted Icelanders lives in Reykjanes. It should then come as no surprise that a certain degree of turmoil and unrest is common in the area.