New movie coming from novel about Icelandic true story

A film adaptation is coming for the Australian novel Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, which is based on a true Icelandic story.The story is about Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830. Agnes was sentenced to death for killing two men and setting fire to their home. The story takes place as Agnes awaits confirmation of her death sentence by the high court, a period of time that finds her reluctantly forging emotional and romantic bonds while reflecting on her supposed crimes.

The film will be U.S-made with Jennifer Lawrence in the leading role as well as producing. Luca Guadagnino, who recently directed Call Me By Your Name, is directing.

There are rumours of the film being shot in Iceland, with RÚV reporting that the film crew has visited the Húnaþing vestra municipality in Northern Iceland several times.

According to their sources, the crew has primarily been exploring the Vatnsnes peninsula and Vatnsdalur valley, where the novel is set, and are amazed at how little has changed in the area since 1830.



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.