The actor Thröstur Leó Gunnarsson this weekend received the award of the Italian film festival BIF&ST as the best actor in a leading role in Hilmar Oddsson’s film Á ferð með mömmu.
With the award, Þröstur Leó joins the group of actors such as Max von Sydow, Helen Mirren and Roberto Benigni who have received the BIF&ST award for acting in a leading role in recent years. The chairman of the jury this time was the Iranian director Jafar Panahi. In his speech of thanks, Thråstur Léo said that he humbly accepted the award, which had surprised him. He especially thanked his co-stars Kristbjörg Kjeld and the dog Dreka, as well as director Hilmar Oddsson and producer Hlín Jóhannesdóttir for their fruitful collaboration.
On a trip with mom is a so-called black comedy, which has been praised by critics at home and abroad. In the film, Thröstur Leó plays the role of Jón, who takes a trip across the country with his mother’s body in the back seat, to fulfill her last wish. His mother plays. Kristbjörg Kjeld, but important roles are also played by Hera Hilmarsdóttir and Tómasar Lemarquis.
This is the third international award that Á farð med mamma has won since its world premiere at the PÖFF Film Festival in Tallinn in November. last There, it won the main prize, the Grand Prix, for best film, and the film’s composer, Tõnu Kõrvits, also won the award for best film score.
On the road with mom was premiered in Iceland earlier this year and has been the most attended Icelandic film in cinemas in recent weeks.