A woman is recovering from a mental illness. She gradually starts to break down after countless attempts to reconnect with the world.
Vala Ómarsdóttir graduated from Goldsmiths College in London (M.A in performance making) and from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London (M.A in Performing – Advanced Theatre Practice)
She was recently nominated for the Best Director Awards at Gríman 2022 in Iceland.
Her short film ÉG/I has been touring over 30 film festivals and has won four awards at the RVK Feminist Film Festival, and the Best Fiction Short, 2021, The Grand Jury Honorable Mention for Best International Short at Outfest, LA, 2019. The Best Fictional Short at Trans Pride Brighton, 2019, And the Best Short Film at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, 2019
Her recent directing work includes: Sprungur/Fractures (short film), Tæring (theatre), ÉG/I (short film), Dætur/Daughters (short film), Mamma ætlar að sofna/Mother will sleep (short film), Hamur/Skin (short dance film), ROF (experimental short film) and Strengir (theatre).
She is currently working on her first feature film Bara barn.
Before she moved back to her hometown Reykjavík she studied and worked as a performer, performance maker and a director in London and New York for 10 years. Working with award winning companies such as Tangled Feet, Bottlefed and 11:18 Theatre Company.
Vala is an adjunct at the Acting Department at the Iceland University of the Arts.
She is a member of FLÍ – Félag Leikstjóra á Íslandi and a founding member of the art group Vinnslan.
María Kjartans graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2005 (BA) and the Glasgow School of Art in 2007 (MFA). She has since exhibited her photographs and short films in dozens of group exhibitions, solo exhibitions, and art events around the world, most notably at the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Museum de Nervi in Genoa, Italy, the Arsenal Gallery in Poznan, Poland and the Ljungberg Museum. in Ljungby, Sweden. María has won first prizes for her photography series at Magnum Photos, Ideas Tap, the Art Elite Signature Art Prize in London, and the Helsinki Photo Festival in Finland.
In addition to working as an independent artist and photographer in Reykjavík, María is the co-founder of Vinnslan, a collective of Icelandic artists who create and curate interdisciplinary art projects. In collaboration with director Vala Ómarsdóttir and musician Biggi Hilmars, they have produced numerous short films, music videos, and performing arts for the last ten years.
María’s most recent projects are art direction, photography, and video installations of the performing arts work Tæring in collaboration with MAK at Hælin in Akureyri 2020-21, and the artistic short film Sprungur/Fractures.
María had the position of a programmer at the Stockfish Film Festival, 2022. The eighth festival took place at the Paradís cinema last March, where she was in charge of selecting films for the festival and taking care of all events related to the festival’s foreign guests this year.
María is the Chair of FISL (Association of Icelandic Contemporary Photographers).
Her work is presented by the Degree Art Gallery – Contemporary Collective in London.
Director:Vala Ómarsdóttir, María Kjartans
Screenwriter:Vala Ómarsdóttir, María Kjartans
Producer:María Kjartans, Vala Ómarsdóttir