"Dörthe Eickelberg hat in ihrem auf diversen Festivals preisgekrönten „dokumentarischen Märchen“ den Versuch gewagt, das Unsichtbare zu filmen und die flüchtige isländische Geisterwelt auf die Leinwand zu bannen. Es gelingt: Mit viel Geduld und Trickreichtum schafft es die junge Regisseurin, in ihren "Fairies and Other Tales" für das scheinbar unfilmbare Übernatürliche eine angemessene filmische Form zu finden und dabei auch noch einiges über das Filmemachen zu erzählen. Ein Unternehmen, das dem Zuschauer etwas Fantasie abnötigt."
“The First Prize “Best Documentary” goes to “Fairies and Other Tales” by Dörthe Eickelberg. Original and creative, both for the plot and for the technical accomplishments, Fairies and Other Tales distinguishes itself for its capacity of creating an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy, almost like a fairy tale, where the individual research merges with the wild and unique landscape. Through a variety of encounters and sparkling dialogues, the documentary offers a fresh look over a world where there is still space for magic and amazement.”
“Extraordinary distinctive creative feminine voice ... Humorous and thought provoking.”
"Is there still space for the imaginary, the fantastic, the supernatural? In our overcrowded and disenchanted society there really seems to be no room left for surprise. (…)Following the path reluctantly indicated by the natives, with few explanations, some hints, many silences and significant omissions, Dörthe searches for the Elves: a witty and misbelieving search, but one that nonetheless is the occasion to share the touching, wonderful and grandiose wild nature of the island."
“The film is as comfortable as a winter sweater, but it hits you with a static electricity. (...)”
“Dörthe Eickelberg goes on her quest, managing all alone - except for the help of the camera woman -, and roams the country in search of the elves. She is graceful, with that tender expression of innocence of one that is open and is ready to believe whatever may come.”
“It's a very fine piece, where the search for the invisible, here elves, is used to explore the possibilities and nature of cinema, in a subtle and amusing way. Beautiful! Many shots were astounding ... and magnificent to see Icelandic towns in a way as if they were part of a David Lynch horror movie.”
"(...) The film's editing is electrifying. It turns the story into a road movie about seeking and experiencing the supernatural at the same time. (...)"
"A story of how poetry and truth combined can bandage the soul."