Cinema Scandinavia: This year we saw you in the American film Autumn Lights. What was it like working with the American director and lead actor?

 Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson: It was interesting to act in English for the first time. The challenge was to get the expression away from the analytical brain process of understanding a foreign language and into the emotional heart of a scene, especially when my emotional heart speaks Icelandic. My method was to translate each sentence into Icelandic and then realise how I’d interpret the feeling, nuance rhythm and so . . .

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