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- Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
- ICELAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND / 2019 / DCP / Colour / 79’ / Icelandic, English; Turkish s.t.
- Screenplay: Rúnar Rúnarsson
- Director of Photography: Sophia Olsson
- Editing: Jacob Secher Schulsinger
- Original Music: Kjartan Sveinsson
- Cast: Nadía Sif Líndal, Telma Huld Jóhannesdóttir, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson, Ágúst Örn B. Wigum, Hera Matt, Hansel Eagle
- Producer: Rúnar Rúnarsson, Live Hide, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir
- Production Co.: Nimbus Iceland, Pegasus Pictures
- World Sales: The Party Film Sales
- 2019 Locarno Youth Jury Award
- 2019 Les Arcs Best Original Score
- 2019 Valladolid Best Director
Rúnar Rúnarsson is without a doubt one of the most exciting contemporary directors from Iceland. He was nominated for an Oscar with his short film The Last Farm (2004), gained much attention in Cannes with his debut Volcano (2011), and eventually made a lasting impression with his wondrous coming of age story Sparrows (2016). Echo, which draws a portrait of modern Iceland in 56 scenes, is an indication that Rúnarsson’s career is taking a new turn. It expertly blends documentary and fiction in the same pot, while its kaleidoscopic, centreless structure creates a dizzying draw. The story is set in Iceland during Christmas season; while a children’s choir is singing, a field is caught in a blazing fire and chickens are being aligned in a slaughterhouse... A Christmas tale unlike anything we’re accustomed to, Echo is undoubtedly more than the sum of its parts.
This film was a Meetings on the Bridge participant.