Icelandic cinema doesn’t seem to be slowing down, with two new Icelandic thrillers receiving funding from the Nordisk Film and TV Fund. The Oath by Baltasar Kormakur and Alma by Kristin Johannesdottir are among receipients in the latest round of Nordisk Film and TV Fund funding.
The Oath is both directed and produced by Kormakur, who also stars alongside Hera Hilma (Life in a Fishbowl). The story is about a respectable surgeon who makes a life-changing decision to try and save his drug-addicted eldest daughter, who is under the influence of her drug dealing boyfriend. The Oath received 1.8 million NOK in funding and is produced by Agnes Johansen for RVK Studios and the produced is also supported by the Icelandic Film Centre. The film is due for release in autumn/early winter 2016.
Alma is a drama about a woman imprisoned in a forensic psychiatric unit for murdering her lover, something she has no recollection of. After seven years behind bars, Alma escapes when her lover is found alive and decides to kill him for real. Snæfriður Ingvarsdóttir is in the leading role and the project received 1 million NOK in funding. Alma is co-produced by Iceland’s Pegasus Pictures along with production companies from France, Sweden, the UK and US. The film is due for release in early 2017.
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.
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