Four Icelandic films to shoot this summer


Four Icelandic films, each of which is supported by a production grant from the Icelandic Film Centre, will be in production this summer. The Icelandic/Danish co-production Sparrows, the new film from acclaimed director Rúnar Rúnarsson, started production on July 14th in the West Fjords. The Biggest Rescue by director Bragi Thor Hinriksson will begin shooting all around the country on the 21st of July. Back, from directors Gunnar Hansson and Davíd Óskar Ólafsson, will also shoot all around the country, starting at the end of July. Finally, Rams, by director Grímur Hákonarson, will begin shooting at Bárdardalur in the north of Iceland on August 18th.


Sparrowsis Rúnar Rúnarsson’s second feature. His first, Volcano, premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes International Film Festival in 2011. Sparrows charts its main character’s journey from innocence to adulthood. It is a film about a broken father-and-son relationship, adolescence and, above all, love.

Sparrows is written and directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson and produced by Birgitte Hald, Mikkel Jersin and Rúnar Rúnarsson for Nimbus Iceland. Co-producers are Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir for Pegasus Pictures and Igor Nola for MP Film. The film stars Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir and Ingvar E. Sigurdsson.


In The Biggest Rescue, the fourth installment of the “Sveppi” franchise, buddies Sveppi and Villi find out that an old nemesis is trying to take over the country via a doomsday machine capable of starting earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Sveppi, Villi and their friend Gói manage to sneak into the evil lair, which is located underneath the volcanic crater Eldborg. But getting there is only the first step. In order to save Iceland, they’ll have to destroy the machine itself.

The Biggest Rescue is directed by Bragi Thor Hinriksson and written by Hinriksson and Sverrir Thor Sverrisson. Hinriksson and Sverrisson are also the film’s producers. Little Big Films will produce while SAMfilm and Hreyfimyndasmidjan are lined up as co-producers. The Biggest Rescue stars Sverrir Thor Sverrisson, Gudjón Davíd Karlsson and Vilhelm Anton Jónsson and is scheduled to premiere in Iceland in October 2015.


Back will be the debut feature for directors Gunnar Hansson and Davíd Óskar Ólafsson. In the film two childhood friends decide to drive around Iceland backward to raise money for charity. Soon after they set out, however, they discover that perhaps this wasn’t the best idea. Nothing goes as planned – in fact, almost everything goes wrong.

Back is written by Gunnar Hansson and produced by Árni Filippusson and Davíd Óskar Ólafsson on behalf of Mystery Ísland. The film stars Gunnar Hansson, Víkingur Kristjánsson and Saga Gardarsdóttir.


Rams is Grímur Hákonarson’s second feature. His debut feature, Summerland, came out in September 2010. Rams tells the tale of sheep farmers Gummi and Kiddi, brothers in their sixties who live next to each other in a secluded valley. Their respective flocks are considered among the best in the country, and their rams are repeated prize-winners. The two brothers have not spoken in four decades.

Rams is written and directed by Hákonarson and produced by Grímar Jónsson for Netop Films. It stars Sigurdur Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson.

via Icelandic Film Centre

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.