Icelandic film director Sólveig Anspach passed away last Friday from cancer. Born in the Westman Islands, she grew up in New York and studied philosophy in Paris. At the start of her film career she focused on documentaries but gradually moved towards making features. Her films include the award-winning Haut les cœurs, based partly on her own experience with cancer; Lulu femme nue; and Stormy Weather, chosen to compete at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003.
The shooting of her latest film, Sundáhrifin(L’éffet aquatique), took place in Iceland in June. It was the third in a trilogy including Skrapp út (2006) and Queen of Montreuil (2011).