'White Night Wedding' catches Edda bouquet

Icelandic comedy takes home seven awards

BERLIN -- Baltasar Kormakur's "White Night Wedding," a matrimonial comedy loosely based on Chekhov's "Ivanov," was the big winner at Iceland's Edda Awards, the country's top film honors, taking seven trophies, including best picture.

"White Night Wedding" also is Iceland's official candidate in the foreign-language Oscar race.

The other multiple winner at Tuesday night's Edda ceremony was Oskar Jonasson's thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," which earned five awards, including best director.

Kormakur plays the lead in "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," further evidence that this young multihyphenate, who had his breakthrough with 2000's "Reykjavik 101," is quickly becoming Iceland's one-man film industry.