Grímur Hákonarson begins working on new film

Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson has begun working on his next film, titled The County.

His previous film, Rams, was a huge success at international film festivals. In total, the film won thirty international awards and was sold to more than forty territories. It is currently being remade in Australia and South Korea.

The County tells the story of Inga, who is forced to stand up for herself after losing her husband in a car accident. Considering the Icelandic film industry’s dominance of male protagonists, it’ll be interesting to see how Hákonarson uses a female lead. The project is backed by the Icelandic Film Centre.

The County is produced by Grímar Jónsson, who is currently working on Under the Tree, the next major Icelandic release. Under the Tree is the story of Atli, who is accused of adultery by his ex-fiancee and forced to move in with his parents. While fighting for custody, he is sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old tree. Under the Tree will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.

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.