Berlin_FilmIcelandic filmmakers seem to tend to focus on outsiders, quirky characters caught up in strange events – offering the opportunity to explore the weird aspects of the characters. To a foreigner's eye, this manifestation of imagination amid Icelandic nature may verge on the surreal.

With their interplay of folklore and present-day reality, tradition and globalisation, together with long scenes and a minimum of special effects, Icelandic films present the exotic in a paradoxically straightforward way, in the spirit of magical realism.

For more information about Icelandic films today, visit the Icelandic Film Centre website