Iceland, Denmark, Croatia 2015


SPARROWS is a coming-of-age story about the 16-year old boy Ari, who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar. There, he has to navigate a difficult relationship with his father, and he finds his childhood friends changed. In these hopeless and declining surroundings, Ari has to step up and find his way.


Born in 1977 in Reykjavik, Rúnar Rúnarsson made his feature film debut at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes 2011 with VOLCANO and was nominated for the Camera d'Or. VOLCANO became a festival darling and has collected 17 awards.

Rúnar is one of the most awarded short film directors in the world with around 100 international awards for his 'Crossroads' trilogy. Furthermore, he was nominated for the Oscars in 2006, the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 2008 and the European Film Awards in 2008.

2011 - VOLCANO
2009 - ANNA, short
2008 - 2 BIRDS, short
2004 - THE LAST FARM, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by : Rúnar Rúnarsson

Written by : Rúnar Rúnarsson

Produced by : Mikkel Jersin, Rúnar Rúnarsson

Director of Photography : Sophia Olsson

Editor : Jacob Secher Schulsinger

Composer : Kjartan Sveinsson

Sound Design : Gunnar Óskarsson

Main Cast : Atli Óskar Fjalarsson (Ari), Ingvar E. Sigurdsson (Gunnar), Kristbjörg Kjeld (Grandmother), Rade Šerbedžija (Tomislav), Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir (Lara)

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2016