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Iceland International Film Festival to open on August 30th

Sunday, 27 August 2006

FactotumIceland International Film Festival will screen over 30 titles during August 30th-September 21st. The opening film is Factotum by Bent Hamer and produced by Jim Stark. The film stars Matt Dillon and Marisa Tomei. All four will be present at the premiere in Reykjavik on August 30th. The festival includes two Icelandic bows, Beowulf and Grendel by Sturla Gunnarsson (an Icelandic/Canadian/British co-production) and Children by Ragnar Bragason, which was one of the most talked about films at the recent Haugesund festival in Norway and will be featured at the forthcoming San Sebastian festival in Spain. Among the strong line-up are Almodovar’s Volver, Ken Loach’s Palm d’ Or winner The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Foreign Oscar winner Tsotsi. Hot docs Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore will also be screened at the three week festival.

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Connelly and Bettany take the leads in Ullman’s The Journey Home

Monday, 12 June 2006

connelly and bettanyAcademy-award winner Jennifer Connelly (The Beautiful Mind) and Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code) will take the lead roles in Liv Ullman's The Journey Home, which is based on Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson's novel of the same name. Principal photography is set to commence in Iceland and the UK in late summer. The film is produced by Jón Thór Hannesson at Sagafilm Iceland, Steve Haft (Dead Poets Society) and Peter Ker

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Gosling and Waits on board for Dagur Kari’s The Good Heart

Monday, 15 May 2006

Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson, The Notebook) and Tom Waits (Short Cuts, Down By Law) have signed on to star in The Good Heart, the next film from Icelandic director Dagur Kari, whose highly acclaimed films include festival favorites Nói albínói and Voksne mennesker (English title: Dark Horse). Katapult Film Sales are handling worldwide sales rights for the film, which will begin principal photography later this fall. Read the rest of this entry »

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First Icelandic crime series a resounding hit locally

Wednesday, 10 May 2006

Anna Th. Rognvaldsdottir’s three part drama Every Colour of the Sea is Cold recently finished its run on RUV TV, Iceland’s public broadcaster. Being the first of its kind in Iceland, the crime series was eagerly awaited and turned out to be a major hit with audiences. According to a Gallup poll 49,6% of the 12-80 demographic stayed tuned. The show also received a warm welcome by the critics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Africa United opens in Norway

Tuesday, 9 May 2006

The Edda award-winning documentary Africa United by Olafur Johannesson will open in Oslo on May 12th. The director will be present at the premiere and can be seen on the photograph fulfilling his promotional duties. The doc is produced by Johannesson's Poppoli Pictures and Zik Zak Filmworks. Oslo's Fidalgo distributes the film in Norway.

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Ingvar Thordarson a Producer on the Move

Tuesday, 9 May 2006

Producer Ingvar Thordarson (Kisi Production) has been selected as one of the Producers on the Move at the Cannes Film Festival. Thordarson and his producing partner Julius Kemp, recently finished Robert Douglas' Eleven Men Out, which has been sold to various territories in Europe and America. They're also co-producing The Bothersome Man, a Norwegian comedy by Jens Lien, which has been selected for the Critic's Week.

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Short Saviour heads for Cannes

Tuesday, 9 May 2006

The Eastman Kodak company has selected Erla B. Skuladottir's multiple award-winning short, Saviour, to be one of its five representatives at the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival. The company runs a special programme at the fest called Talent Showcase. All the directors will be present at the screenings.

Saviour has been screened at more than 50 festivals throughout the world and has received 25 awards.