Grímur Hákonarson’s new film ‘The County’ has been sold to multiple territories

The new Icelandic film The County from director Grímur Hákonarson has been sold to multiple territories before its global premiere, Variety reports.

The comedy/drama is the story of Inga, a middle-aged dairy farmer whose husband dies. She decides to start a new life on her own terms and rises up against the corruption and injustice of her community.

The County is currently in post-production and will premiere next year. It stars Arndis Hronn Egilsdottir (Sparrows) and Sigurdur Sigurjonsson (Rams, Under the Tree)

The County is represented by New Europe Film Sales. It has been sold to Curzon in the U.K./Ireland, Palace in Australia/New Zealand, Xenix in Switzerland, Imagine in Benelux, Vertigo in Hungary, Strada in Greece and Scanbox in Scandinavia. Haut et Court will release the film in France and Sena in Iceland.

The plot does sound similar to Benedikt Erlingsson‘s upcoming film Woman at War, which follows a fifty-year-old woman who declares war on the heavy industry in her town all by herself. She resorts to sabotage and is willing to risk everything. Considering the fact that Icelandic cinema has been very male oriented in the last decade (see Rams, Sparrows, Of Horses and Men, Virgin Mountain, The Oath), it’s nice to see a rise in leading ladies in Icelandic cinema. So far, And Breathe Normally and Under the Tree have done a great job with that!

Grímur Hákonarson is best known for his film Rams, which won ‘Best Film’ in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and then went on to be sold to more than fifty countries.

Watch the trailer for Rams below.



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.