Icelandic films selected for the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab

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Ísold Uggadóttir’s And Breathe Normally is one of four projects selected for the 14th annual Hamptons Screenwriters’ Lab. The lab pairs up-and-coming screenwriters with established screenwriters, directors and producers for a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions, including advice on how the up-and-coming writers can move their projects closer to production.

This year’s mentors are Oscar-winning Birdman co-writer and associate producer Alexander Dinelaris Jr.; Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman; Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation president of production Evan Hayes (producer of Everest); and author and co-screenwriter of Laura Linney’s P.S., Helen Schulman.

“The Screenwriters’ Lab is a highlight of the year-round work that our organization does as it brings together a diverse range of talent from the industry and pairs them with a new wave of writers and filmmakers that are just beginning to make their mark,” artistic director David Nugent said in a statement.

And Breathe Normally

At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect—for a brief moment—while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a Ugandan asylum seeker and a struggling Icelandic mother pursuing a career in border patrol, an unlikely bond will form as both strategize in private—to get their lives back on track.

Ísold Uggadóttir is an award-winning writer/director from Iceland. Her short films have screened at over 120 festivals, including Telluride, Sundance and New Directors/New Films. She has been honored with 6 nominations for the Icelandic Academy Awards, winning for Best Short Film in both 2010 and 2011. Additionally, Ísold has received over 30 international awards. She holds an M.F.A in film from Columbia University, where she was recognized with the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director. Ísold is an alumna of Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab, Cine Qua Non in Mexico, Nordic Talents in Copenhagen, Berlinale’s Talent Campus and IFP’s Emerging Narrative. Screen International named Ísold “one of the rising stars of Icelandic film.”
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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.