Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, who is most known for his short film Whale Valley, is due to start filming in August on his first feature film. Titled Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) has just been awarded €320,000 from Eurimages, and is jointly produced by Join Motion Pictures and SF Film Produciton. The film is about two close friends, Christian and Thor, who live in a small Icelandic fishing village. Their friendship is tested when Christian discovers he has feelings for Thor who is in love with a girl. Jesper Morthorst who boarded the project two years ago, says Heartstone is ‘a coming of age story reminiscent of Lukas Moodysson’s early films, appealing both to youth audiences and adults.” The €2m project backed by the Danish Film Institute and the Icelandic Film Centre will be released in Iceland by Sena.
Heartstone isn’t the only Nordic film to receive Eurimages funding. Here are the others (information via the Nordisk Film and TV Fund)
- – The Swedish film The Nile Hilton Incident by Tarik Saleh (Metropia) was awarded €470,000. Atmo Film’s producer Kristina Åberg says the drama inspired by true events is based on Saleh’s original script. Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, the thriller features police officer Ahmed Noredin who investigates the murder of a woman. But what initially seems to be a killing of a prostitute turns into a more complex case involving the very elite of Egypt. Shooting is set to start in October 2015 for the Swedish/Danish/German co-production.
- Wolf and Sheep, the debut feature of Afghan filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat was awarded €140,000. The film tells about a small village in rural Afghanistan and its inhabitants’ believes and traditions. Coproducers are Adomeit Film/Wolf Pictures (Denmark), Zentropa International (Sweden) and La Fabrica Nocturna (France).
- The Norwegian animated documentary film The Tower by Mats Grorud was awarded €350,000. The film based on interviews with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon explores the surrealism of life as refugees. Tenk.tv in Norway is producing with France’s Les Contes modernes and Sweden’s Cinenic Film.
- Sami Blood (Sameblod) by Amanda Kernel was awarded €330,000. Co-producers are Sweden’s Nordisk Film Production/Bauta Film and Norway’s Digipilot.