plus an awesome dance band party at the Royal Albert with the Icelandic musical funsters FM Belfast. They were delayed at the airport and so had to race to the gig, set up in half an hour, and then played for two hours. Phew!
núna (now) is a series of Icelandic / Canadian music, film, dance, visual art, book and theatre events curated and produced by a group of local artists with ties to Iceland.
Leif Norman was the official photographer for the 2010 núna (now) festival.
Dreamland is an award winning documentary about the Hydroelectric and Aluminum smelting industry in Iceland. It played at Cinematheque April 30 2010
From the Dreamland Website:
“How much unspoiled nature should we preserve and what do we sacrifice for clean, renewable energy? Dreamland gradually turns into a disturbing picture of corporate power taking over small communities.
Dreamland is a film about a nation standing at cross-roads. Leading up to the country’s greatest economic crisis, the government started the largest mega project in the history of Iceland, to build the biggest dam in Europe to provide Alcoa cheap electricity for an aluminum smelter in the rugged east fjords of Iceland. Today Iceland is left holding a huge dept and an uncertain future.
In Dreamland a nation with abundance of choices gradually becomes caught up in a plan to turn its wilderness and beautiful nature into a massive system of hydro-electric and geothermal power plants with dams and reservoirs. Clean energy brings in polluting industry and international corporations. It’s the dark side of green energy.”
Andri Snær Magnason was one of two directors on the Dreamland film.
DIRECTORS: ÞORFINNUR GUÐNASON & ANDRI SNÆR MAGNASON PRODUCTION COMPANY: GROUND CONTROL PRODUCTIONS
CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: TC FILMS & ZIK ZAK FILMWORKS PRODUCER: SIGURÐUR GÍSLI PÁLMASON
CO-PRODUCERS: HANNA BJÖRK VALSDÓTTIR, HRÖNN KRISTINSDÓTTIR, ÞÓRIR SNÆR SIGURJÓNSSON & HLÍN JÓHANNESDÓTTIR
DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: THORFINNUR GUDNASON, GUÐMUNDUR BJARTMARSSON, HJALTI STEFÁNSSON & BERGSTEINN BJÖRGÚLFSSON
EDITOR: EVA LIND HÖSKULDSDÓTTIR SOUND DESIGN: KJARTAN KJARTANSSON MUSIC: VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON