FEB 20th 2021

All Things Iceland – A Conversation with Ambassador Pétur Ásgeirsson

INLNA proudly presents its first Webinar this Saturday February 20

Ambassador Pétur Ásgeirsson is our first guest as the Icelandic National League of North America launches its new webinar series, All Things Icelandic, on Saturday, February 20. The ambassador will be in conversation with INLNA president Stefan Jonasson. They’ll discuss the relationship between Canada and Iceland, what the two countries have in common and how they differ, how the Nordic embassies in Ottawa collaborate, and even explore the ambassador’s personal background and interests.

Saturday, February 20, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 12:00 p.m. Central / 11:00 a.m. Mountain / 10:00 a.m. Pacific

Join this Zoom event by clicking on the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89828066716?pwd=TWVDQ1ZTU0QrRVhXMkZKbTE2MTlqZz09

Meeting ID: 898 2806 6716

Passcode: 928044

Ambassador Pétur Ásgeirsson has been Iceland’s representative to Canada since November 1, 2017, when he and his wife, Jóhanna Gunnarsdóttir, a lawyer by profession, arrived in Ottawa. The ambassador joined the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999 and was previously Consul General in Nuuk, Greenland, which is Iceland’s nearest neighbour.

All Things Icelandic is a new INLNA initiatives to better serve members and friends of the league through online means. It will present monthly presentations or interviews on a variety of topics – travel and tourism, literature and music, history and geography, food and art, cinema and sagas, business and public affairs. We’ll explore all things Icelandic, whether here in North America, over in Iceland, or anywhere else in the world.

FEB 5th – 14th

VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 

The 2021 VFF Online is only available to BC residents. Films are available to watch online from 12pm Feb 5 until 10pm Feb 14

check out this years festival

Icelandic Films this year 

AGNES JOY 

Director: Silja Hauksdóttir 

Iceland | 2020 | 93 min 

Best Film + Best Actress Awards – Edda Awards, Iceland 

Rannveig is frustrated within all aspects of her mundane suburban life. She’s stuck with a job she hates, and her marriage is stagnating. On top of that, she fights daily battles with her rebellious 18-year-old daughter, Agnes Joy, as she can’t face the possibility of Agnes growing up and leaving her behind. 

Both Agnes and her mother are going through similar crises of identity. As Agnes tries to negotiate life as a teenager coming of age, her mother faces the realities of being middle-aged. 

Things get more complicated when a semi-famous actor, Hreinn, moves in next door. Rannveig is instantly attracted to the new neighbour, but she seems not to be the only woman in her family who finds Hreinn irresistible….. 

Set between the stunning towns of Akranes and Reykjavik, Agnes Joy is full of subtle beauties, from the vibrant Icelandic landscape to the emotional intelligence of the actors. It’s a universal and heartfelt depiction of family dynamics and teenage rebellion.

ECHO (BERGMÁL) 

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson 

Iceland | 2020 | 79 min 

Youth Jury Award – Locarno Film Festival 

It’s Christmas time in Iceland, and as everyone gets ready for the holidays, a mysterious atmosphere falls upon the snow covered country revealing emotions of both joy and anxiety. 

Director Rúnar Rúnarsson through 56 scenes, draws a portrait, both biting and tender, of modern society in the midst of preparations. In a school, a children’s choir is singing Christmas carols. In the middle of the countryside, an abandoned farm is burning. In a museum, a mother is arguing with her ex-husband on the phone. In a slaughterhouse, chickens are parading along a rail. In a living room, a young girl is making her grandmother try on her new virtual reality headset… 

This magical mosaic of stories presents society itself as the protagonist, recalling a wealth of graceful and humane interactions. So let go of your expectations of the standard film narration and let the director’s vision bury itself deep within. That’s when the magic will happen and things will fall into place.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS CHECK OUT THE VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE LINKS BELOW

 

FEB 3rd 2021

Join Bill Valgardson retired Head of the Creative Writing Department of the University of Victoria live on ZOOM in this second webinar in a series of three presented by the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto


COVID 19

Due to the present COVID19 pandemic restrictions, the Icelanders of Victoria will not be hosting events until the present emergency health regulations are changed to permit group events.

The Board of Directors are reviewing options for our membership to interact / socialize. If you have suggestions for their consideration please email: icelandersvictoria@gmail.com

PAST EVENTS

CHRISTMAS VINARTERTA SALE

Thank you to all of those that supported the Icelanders of Victoria in purchasing Vinarterta in our pre Christmas fund raiser.

A special thank you to Ruth Jonasson-Cartwright for all of her efforts and especially for stirring love into the batter!

GLEÐILEG JÓL of FARSÆLT KOMANDI ÁR

ICELANDIC FILM: WOMEN AT WAR

Woman at War - Icelandic film

Cinecenta – University of Victoria

Thursday April 4, 2019 : 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm

Friday April 5 and Saturday April 6, 2019 : 3:00, 7:00, and 9:00 pm

This Icelandic film sold out at the Victoria Film Festival – The Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Woman at War” is a wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical messages while never being less than a joy to watch. Halla is a mild-mannered, middle-aged choir mistress who seriously dabbles in ecoterrorism. A Tai Chi enthusiast, a fan of Gandhi and Mandela, and an excellent saboteur, she invokes ancestral law and messes with hydro towers in her quest to make her ruggedly beautiful land safe for future generations, which happen to include a small child from Ukraine she seeks to adopt as a single mother. Filmmaker Erlingsson has a flair for the absurd – a sousaphone-based trio pops up here and there – and a deft touch with social commentary and political satire. – Globe and Mail

ADMISSION: UVSS Students:  $5.75    (only $4.75 for 9pm shows or later)

Seniors (65 & older), Children (12 & under):  $5.75

UVic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and guest (1 only) of above:  $6.75

Cinemagic Members: $6.75

Non-Members:  $7.75

MATINEES  (all seats):  $4.75

Þorrablót      Saturday March 9, 2019

Thorrablót is our mid-winter feast, this year on Saturday March 9, 2019. Along with the familiar carved roast beef and carved roast lamb and all the trimmings, you’ll enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine. And the very best Kaffi!

We regularly screen Icelandic movies and documentaries. Free admission, anyone can come! Watch for the announcements on the Upcoming Events page, or subscribe to our News & Events to receive advance email notifications.

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