Iceland dips into Oscar 'Jar'


Iceland has selected Baltasar Kormakur's thriller "Jar City" as its official contender for the foreign-language film Oscar.

IFC Entertainment brokered a deal with ICM for North American rights to "City" at Toronto last month. The feature is the highest-grossing film in Iceland's history. The adaptation of Arnaldur Indrioason's detective novel follows a father searching for the origin of his daughter's rare genetic disease and a detective searching for a criminal's killer. The detective's search leads him to "Jar City," a home for preserved body parts, and the men's paths collide as the mystery unfolds.

IFC will release the film via its day-and-date First Take program next year.