Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s HEARTSTONE starts principal photography in Iceland


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Icelandic director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson has started principal photography on his feature debut Heartstone. The film is a drama set in a remote Icelandic fishing village and follows the journey of two boys, Thor and Christian, go through when one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings towards his best friend.

The film was developed through the Cannes Festival’s Résidence Programme, a workshop for young filmmakers working on their first or second feature project. Previously, he had received a Special Mention at Cannes in 2013 for his short film Whale Valley.


Danish actor Søren Malling will star in the film. Best known for his work in The Killing, Borgen, and Men and Chicken, Malling flew to Iceland earlier this week . He plays a Danish immigrant, Sven, who plays an important role in the drama between Thor and Christian

“Heartstone” is written by Guðmundsson, and cinematographer is Sturla Brandth Grøvlen. Anne Østerud and Janus Billeskov Jansen will be editing. Working on the score and sound design is Kristian Eidnes Andersen, renowned for his work on films by Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg and Nicolas Winding Refn.

Information via the Danish Film Institute

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.