Rúnar Rúnarsson’s new film selected for Coproduction Village at Les Arcs

Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson’s [+] new film, Echo, has been selected for the Coproduction Village at the Les Arcs European Film Festival.

Rúnarsson is known for Sparrows [+], the 2015 Icelandic film that traveled to international film festivals winning over fourteen awards including the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

His new film Echo, which he is writing and directing, is currently in development. Echo is a film where reality will be captured, initiated and staged. The timeline of the film is the advent season of December 2018 to New Year’s day 2019. An echo from postmodern society, a contemporary mirror.

The Coproduction Village is a highly valued platform for industry professionals and runs from the 16th to 19th of December. During the three days, the people behind the films meet with co-producers, distributors, sales agents, and financiers.


Echo is not the only Nordic film selected for the event. Here are the other projects selected:

  • Cold by Swedish director Peter Pontikis [+]. Pontikis previously directed the 2008 vampire film Not Like Others [+]Cold is produced by Borderline Films and Lajka Film and Television AB.
  • The Exception by Danish directed Jesper W Nielsen [+], who released The Day Will Come [+] last year. The Exception is a psychological thriller about four women who work together for a small non-profit NGO in Copenhagen that disseminates information on genocide and crimes against humanity. When two of them start to receive death threats, they jump to the conclusion that they are being stalked by Mirko Zigic, a Serbian torturer, and war criminal, who they have recently profiled. As tensions mount amongst the women, their suspicions turn away from Zigic and toward one another. The threats exacerbate, a person is killed and soon the office becomes a battlefield in which the women’s every move becomes suspect. Their obsession turns into a witch hunt, as they resort to bullying and victimization. The four women discover, that none of them is exactly the person she seems to be. And then they learn that Mirko Zigic is in Denmark. The Exception is currently in the script stage and is being produced by Fridthjof Film and Russian production company Film House Bas Celik.
  • Starve by Magnus von Horn [+], whose 2015 The Here After [+] was a festival success.  Starve is produced by Zentropa Sweden and the Polish production company Lava Films.

Furthermore, the event also includes a Film School Village. In that section, the Icelandic film How to Be a Classy Tramp has been selected. How To Be a Classy Tramp tells the story of friends Karen, a country girl, and Tanja, a city girl. One summer they decide to work together on a farm. Recently broken up with her boyfriend, Tanja soon starts to regret the stay. Arriving at the farm, Tanja quickly falls for a handsome country boy. When her attempts to charm the boy fail miserably she becomes impressed with the way Karen is able to sleep with anyone without any aftermath. Thus Tanja asks Karen to teach her how to be like Karen, a classy tramp. How to Be a Classy Tramp is directed by Ólöf Birna Torfadóttir, who graduated from the Screenwriting and Directing department of the Icelandic Film School. Accompanying Torfadóttir at the Film School Village is Bjarni Gudmundsson, the film‘s producer.

You can find the full list of films participating in the Les Arcs website. 



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.