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13 items from 2014


Vikings meet The Godfather in Icelandic trilogy

8 November 2014 5:50 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Iceland’s Truenorth attends Afm with slate of original productions.

Sturlungar: The Viking Clan is being pitched as a 13th century Godfather-esque story, being developed as either a trilogy of feature films or a Netflix-style series.

The project is now in development from Truenorth, which is well known as a production services company working on major studio fare like Noah, Oblivion and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in Iceland. The outfit launched its own production division last year under Kristinn Thordarson [pictured] and attends Afm for the first time.

Oscar nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson is also on board as producer.

Truenorth is in talks with writers for the first script from the four-part Sturlungar book series.

“The Sturlungar presentation has gained a lot of interest, it is still sitting with one of the studios, and a big-name Us producer could come on board,” said Truenorth founding partner Leifur B. Dagfinnsson. Other Scandinavian »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Afm: ‘Of Horses and Men’ Adds to Its Global Sales Tally

8 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Benedikt Erlingsson’s debut “Of Horses and Men” has closed new major territory sales for FilmSharks Intl. The film, which was Iceland’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar last year and is proving to be a breakout title from Scandinavia, is a Music Box U.S./Canada pickup.

Umbrella Entertainment (Australia/New Zealand), Ndf (Germany) and Polyfilm (Austria) count among the latest buyers; “Horses” has also closed for Argentina and Uruguay (Mirada Distribution), and Italy (Aiello Films).

Set in rural Iceland and described by Erlingsson as a country romance linking the human streak in horses and the horse-like streak in humans, “Of Horses and Men” has already licensed, of major territories, Japan (Magic Hour), the Cis (Maywin Films), Mexico (Alphaville), Sweden (Little Big), the U.K. (Axiom), France (Carlotta/Bodega) and Spain (Cameo).

Produced by Iceland’s Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, a reputed director in his own right ( “Devil’s Island »

- John Hopewell

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Of Horses and Men wins Nordic Council Film Prize

30 October 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Icelandic writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson have won lucrative The Nordic Council Film Prize for Of Horses and Men.

The prize, worth about $59,000 (DKK350,000) was presented at Stockholm City Hall last night.

The committee said: “Of Horses and Men, a strikingly original film with its roots in the laconic humour of the Icelandic saga tradition, deals with the strong bonds connecting humankind and nature. At the heart of the film’s interconnected tales is humankind’s eternal attempts to control nature and pathetic failure to do so, often with disastrous consequences.

“The director demonstrates a profound understanding of the primal side of both horses and humans. Using the animal’s point of view to depict tragicomic human behaviour endows Of Horses and Men with a distinctive lyricism as well as a darkly comic tone.

“Director Benedikt Erlingsson combines powerful visuals, editing and music in a way that makes the film itself stand out as »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Iceland submits Life in a Fishbowl to Oscars

23 September 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Iceland has selected Baldvin Zophoníasson’s Life in a Fishbowl as its entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Life in a Fishbowl, is directed by Baldvin Zophoníasson, who also writes along with Birgir Örn Steinarsson, and is produced by Júlíus Kemp and Ingvar Thordarsson of The Icelandic Film Company.

The film premiered in Reykjavik in May and has been enjoying a local box office success. It had its international debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September and will play at Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5).

Q&A: Baldvin Zophoníasson

The multiple-narrative drama tells three distinct stories of people living in pre-crisis Iceland; a struggling single mother, an ex-footballer fast-tracking in the accelerating banking world and a troubled writer who has turned full time drunk. 

Iceland has previously had two nominated films in the Oscar race: Children of Nature by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson was nominated as the Best Foreign Language Film in 1992; and »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Filmmakers launch new Iceland festival

18 September 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A group of film industry veterans is launching a new film festival in Iceland, Stockfish Film Festival.

The inaugural festival is planned for Feb 19-March 1.

The organisers, led by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, say they want the event to focus on “a focus on industry networking, showcasing home-grown talent and Iceland’s fabled locations and attractive tax rebate.”

Stockfish is created by Iceland’s industry guilds to run at the country’s only arthouse cinema, Bio Paradis, which is located in downtown Reykjavik and backed by the guilds.

In addition to Fridriksson, the board also inclues Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson (Fk - The Icelandic Film Makers Association); Guðrún Edda Þórhannesdóttir (SÍK - Association of Icelandic Film Producers); Birna Hafstein (FÍL - The Icelandic Actors Association); Dögg Mósesdóttir (Wift - Women in Film and Television) and Sjón (The Icelandic Playwrights and Screenwriters Association).

The national Edda awards will be held during the festival and there is also cooperation with Kosmorama »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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European Film Awards: Vogt, Östlund, Pawlikowski, Zvyagintsev
, Glazer & Ceylan Among 50 Contenders

16 September 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:

Alienation

ОТЧУЖДЕНИЕ (Otchujdenie)

Bulgaria

Directed By: Milko Lazarov

Written By: Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov & Georgi Tenev

Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova

Amour Fou

Austria/Luxembourg/Germany 


Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner

Produced By: Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu & Philippe Bober

Beautiful Youth

Hermosa Juventud

Spain/France

Directed By: Jaime Rosales

Written By: Jaime Rosales & Enric Rufas

Produced By: Jaime Rosales, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Finnish Film Noir ‘Concrete Night’ Wins at Croatia’s Pula Film Festival

27 July 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Pula Film Festival, one of Croatia’s top movie events, wrapped Saturday with the Golden Arena for international film going to Pirjo Honkasalo’s elegant Finnish film noir “Concrete Night.”

The jury, which comprised leading Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Variety journalist Leo Barraclough and Croatian director Stanislav Tomic, said the movie had been granted the award “for creating a unique atmosphere in a poetic and visually stunning way.”

The award was collected by lead actor Jari Virman, who plays a young man about to go to prison. He is idolized by his sensitive younger brother, played by Johannes Brotherus. Both thesps deliver standout perfs, but the real star is Peter Flinckenberg’s cinematography.

The film, which also screened at the Toronto Film Festival in the Masters section, is being sold by Xavier Henry-Rashid at Film Republic.

A special mention from the jury went to period tragicomedy “Amour Fou »

- Variety Staff

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Number 55 wins at revamped Pula

27 July 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.

The 61st Pula Film Festival handed out its awards in the city’s stunning amphitheatre last night (July 26), with Kristijan Milić’s Number 55 winning best Croatian Film.

The jury said its award went to “the film produced according to highest professional standards and the film that achieves an authentic and emotional presentation of a true event from the Croatian War of Independence.”

The winning packages includes €10,000 worth of post production services from Teleking.

The film swept a number of prizes in the Croatian competition, including best screenplay and best director.

Set in 1991, Number 55 is based on a true story of a small group of Croatian soldiers who are ambushed while on patrol and have to hide from rebel Serbs, the Yugoslav Army and Serbian Special Forces.

The Reaper, about a lonely man coming to terms with his past crimes, won the two »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Revamped Pula gives top award to Number 55

27 July 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.

The 61st Pula Film Festival handed out its awards in the city’s stunning amphitheatre last night, with Kristijan Milić’s Number 55 winning best Croatian Film. The jury said its award went to “the film produced according to highest professional standards and the film that achieves an authentic and emotional presentation of a true event from the Croatian War of Independence.” The winning packages includes €10,000 worth of post production services from Teleking.

The film swept a number of prizes in the Croatian competition, including best screenplay and best director.

Number 55 is based on a true story in 1991, when a small group of Croatian soldiers on patrol are ambushed and have to hide from rebel Serbs, the Yugoslav Army and Serbian Special Forces.

The Reaper, about a lonely man coming to terms with his past crimes, won the two »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Re-energized Pula Film Festival Adds Sections, Beefs Up Industry Component

2 July 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Munich – Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s “22 Jump Street,” Jon Favreau’s “Chef” and Mike Cahill’s “I Origins” play out of competition as part of the Intl. Program at Croatia’s 61st Pula Film

Festival, whose lineup was unveiled Wednesday in Zagreb.

Among competish titles are Jessica Hausner’s “Amour Fou,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s “Japanese Dog,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm,” Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman” and “Bridges of Sarajevo,” which has multiple directors.

The Intl. Program jury comprises Icelandic director-producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, who is the subject of a retrospective, director Stanislav Tomic, and Variety journalist Leo Barraclough.

The Croatian program includes Darko Lungulov’s “Monument to Michael Jackson,” Branko Istvancic’s “The Bridge at the End of the World,” Darko Suvak’s “Happy Endings,” Filip Peruzovic’s “Walk the Dog,” and Peter Kerekes, »

- Variety Staff

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Pula boosts lineup with guests including Michell, Fridriksson

2 July 2014 4:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A re-energised Pula Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Croatia, will welcome top guests including Roger Michell, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Gyorgi Palfi, Tudor Giurgiu and Mike Cahill.

Fridriksson [pictured] will serve on a jury and be the subject of a retrospective including his films Rock in Reykjavik, Children of Nature, Devil’s Island, Angels Of The Universe, and Falcons.

The Pula Pro Industry section will include masterclasses from PR expert Charles MacDonald, marketing veteran John Durie, sound expert Ray Gillon of G-Minor and Nik Powell of the UK’s National Film and Television School (Nfts).

The festival boasts a new artistic team of Mike Downey, Hrvoje Puksec and Tanja Milicic, who took over in April.

The Pula Cinematheque section, under special advistor Rajko Grlic, will focus on the year 1965.

One new strand at the festival will be Dizalica, aimed at cinephiles aged 16-21; selections include We Are The Best! and Bitch Hug. This is added »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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FilmSharks mounts Of Horses and Men

16 May 2014 12:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Benedikt Erlingsson’s San Sebastian and Tokyo winner inks multiple deals.

Guido Rud’s Buenos-Aires-based FilmSharks International has closed deals on Benedikt Erlingsson’s San Sebastian and Tokyo winner Of Horses And Men.

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson produced the ensemble country romance set in a horse-riding community, which was Iceland’s foreign language Oscar submission last season.

Deals have closed with Magic Hour for Japan, Maywin Films for Cis and Baltics, Alfaville for Mexico, Demiurg for former Yugoslavia and Film Europe for Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Rights have also gone to Little Big for Sweden, Angel for Denmark, Europa film for Norway.

FilmSharks previously licensed to Axiom for the UK, Bodega And Carlotta for France and Filmcoopi for Switzerland. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Gothenburg: Iceland's filmmaking challenges

30 January 2014 7:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Icelandic film may be riding high creatively (it gets a special focus at this year’s Gothenburg Film Festival), but business is tough, according to Oscar nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson.

“We’ve only been making films for three decades, it’s getting worse and worse,” he said at a public conversation about Icelandic cinema in Gothenburg today.

He continued: “The Icelandic Film Centre’s film funding has a 40% cut for next year, it’s the second time [the government] has done that in four years. So the situation is really, really tough now. Especially for directors who are making their first films, it’s almost impossible. They don’t get funding from Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Eurimages. For old guys like me, it’s much easier. I think the government is trying to pull together a new concept about how Icelandic films will be produced in the future.”

Fridriksson bemoaned that sometimes only 1,500 people buy tickets to see »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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