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'XL' Leading Man Olafur Darri Olafsson Wins Best Actor at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (TRAILER)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! July 6, 2013 at 2:32PM

Now in its 48th year, the Karlovy Vary International in Czech Republic awarded Olafur Darri Olafsson with the Best Actor prize for his performance as a dissolute politician in Marteinn Thorsson's Icelandic drama "XL."
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Olafur Darri Olafsson
Olafur Darri Olafsson

Now in its 48th year, the Karlovy Vary International in Czech Republic awarded Olafur Darri Olafsson with the Best Actor prize for his performance as a dissolute politician in Marteinn Thorsson's Icelandic drama "XL."

Also from Iceland, Olafsson is credited as producer on the film, which made its international premiere at the film festival on July 2. In "XL," Leifur (Olafsson) is forced into rehab by Iceland's prime minister but before he commits himself, Olafsson's character throws a lavish party in which his identity unravels.

Olafsson is a prolific actor of Icelandic film and television, having recently appeared in the country's 2012 foreign language submission to the Oscars, "The Deep," and last year's American reboot of "Contraband" alongside Mark Wahlberg. Polish director and Karlovy Vary jury president Agnieszka Holland was among those who awarded Olafsson the honor.  (The full list of festival winners is here.) 

This article is related to: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Olafur Darri Olafsson


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