Iceland competing for the first time in Venice

The Icelandic streak continues with Iceland’s first competition entry at the Venice International Film Festival about to have its debut at the famous festival.

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s feature debut, Heartstone, is set to have its premiere as one of the 12 entries in the Venice Days section.

Heartstone takes place during a turbulent summer in a remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boy Thor tries to win the heart of a girl, while his best friend Christian discovers he has new feelings towards his childhood friend. The two must mature fast as they deal with these newfound feelings.

There are a large number of upcoming Icelandic actors in the film, with Baldur Einarsson, Blaer Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir, Jónína Thórdís Karlsdóttir, Rán Ragnarsdóttir, Daníel Hans Erlendsson, Theodór Pálsson and Sveinn Sigurbjörnsson starring in the film. There are also some familiar faces appearing in the film, with Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Gunnar Jónsson and Denmark’s Søren Malling having minor roles.

Guðmundsson is known for his work in shorts, and his most well-known short is Whale Valley, which has won over 45 international awards since its premiere in 2013.

Heartstone will be produced by Anton Máni Svansson and Guðmundsson for Iceland’s Join Motion Pictures, and Lise Orheim Stender and Jesper Morthorst for Denmark’s SF Studios Production. Berlin-based Films Boutique handles the international sales.



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.