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Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson’s Sveit to exhibit at Wisconsin film festival

Posted on April 13, 2010

Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson‘s experimental documentary, Sveit, will be exhibited at the 2010 Wisconsin Film Festival. Sveit will screen at 4 p.m. Saturday, AprilĀ 17 at Madison’s Play Circle Theatre.

A geneography of memory and place, Sveit was shot in a rural village on the north coast of Iceland. The filmmaker traces her family’s history and emigration from Iceland to the United States, while unpacking memories and stories of her grandfather’s experience as a New American in North Dakota. Meanwhile Kristjansson negotiates the relationship between landscape, language, mythology and ritual with the help of the local 1st – 4th grade Icelandic children. Sveit was funded in part by the Bush Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Fulbright Association, and Skaftfell Menningarmidstod.

The Wisconsin Film Festival, now in its 12th year, prides itself on showing world-class filmmakers as well as highlighting local talent from state of Wisconsin. Held over four days in Madison, attendance at the 2009 was 32,645.


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