OFF Best Feature Film 2022 ‘Beautiful Beings’ is Icelandic nomination for Oscar
The coming-of-age drama world premiered in Berlin Panorama this year, where it won the Europa Cinemas Label and then went on to play over 30 festivals, including 14th Sarajevo Youth Film Festival
The Icelandic Film and Television Academy has selected Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s Beautiful Beingsas Iceland category for the 2023 Academy Awards.
The coming-of-age drama world premiered in Berlin Panorama this year, where it won the Europa Cinemas Label and then went on to play over 30 festivals, winning eight awards to date. It is currently selected for the European Film Awards’ longlist.
The feature is Guðmundsson’s second film after his award-winning debut feature .
Set in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, the drama follows Addi, a teenage boy raised by a clairvoyant mother, who adopts a bullied kid into his group of violent misfits.
When the boys’ own aggressive behavior escalates toward life-threatening situations, Addi starts to experience a series of dreamlike visions. Will his newfound intuition guide him and his friends toward a safer path, or will they dive further into violence?
“ is an intimate and heart-rending story, presented in an honest and measured manner,” Iceland’s Oscar selection committee said in a statement.
“A major part of the film‘s effectiveness is the commendable and singular performance of a young and courageous cast. The tone, spirit, and emotion of the narrative utilize the film form in a remarkable way, resulting in a raw and powerful experience.”
Iceland has previously scored one Oscar nomination in this category, for 1991’s Children Of Nature by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. Baltasar Kormakur’s 2012 drama and Valdimar Jóhansson 2021 made it to the shortlist stage.
New Europe Film Sales handles international sales on and has struck deals to multiple territories, including UK, Benelux, Germany, Hungary, and Spain. US distributor is Altered Innocence.
The feature is produced by Anton Máni Svansson at Join Motion Pictures in Iceland, in coproduction with Motor Productions (Denmark), Hobab and Film i Väst (Sweden), Bastide Films (The Netherlands) and Negativ (Czech Republic).
The film was supported by the Icelandic Film Centre, Iceland’s Ministry of Industries and Innovation, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV, Sena, Danish Film Institute, DR, Scanbox, Swedish Film Institute, Film i Väst, Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Czech Film Fund, Nordisk Film & TV fond, and Eurimages.