Thora Bjorg Helga

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Thora Bjorg Helga
Born (1989-04-16) 16 April 1989 (age 29)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011-present
Notable workMetalhead

Thora Bjorg Helga (born 16 April 1989) is an Icelandic actress best known for starring in Ragnar Bragason's Metalhead . Helga won the 2014 Icelandic Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013. [1] She also starred in Baltasar Kormákur's film The Deep in 2013, earning her a 2013 Icelandic Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination. [2] [3] Helga also stars in the upcoming American film Autumn Lights. [4]

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Ragnar Bragason Icelandic film director

Ragnar Bragason is an Icelandic film director, screenwriter and producer.

<i>Metalhead</i> (film) 2013 film by Ragnar Bragason

Metalhead is a 2013 Icelandic drama film written and directed by Ragnar Bragason. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.


For her role in Metalhead, Helga garnered unanimous acclaim for what The New York Times called "remarkable", [5] playing a grief-stricken young woman in Iceland. The Village Voice concluded that Helga was "commanding in the grief-stricken lead role, nailing not only the power stances and other musical affectations the character demands but, more pressingly, the permeating sorrow". [6]

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<i>The Village Voice</i> American weekly newspaper

The Village Voice was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. Founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, John Wilcock, and Norman Mailer, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City. It still is kept alive online.


<i>The Deep</i> (2012 film) 2012 film by Baltasar Kormákur

The Deep is a 2012 Icelandic drama film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. The film was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist. It was also nominated for the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize. The film is based on the true story of Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, a fisherman who survived in the freezing ocean after his boat capsized off the south coast of Iceland.

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