Steven Heighton’s AFTERLANDS to be adapted into a feature film

The Canadian novel Afterlands, which is written by Steven Heighton, is being adapted into a feature film with Iceland’s Sagafilm on board to co-produce, Variety reports.

The film will be about Roland Kruger, an idealistic German seaman, who, along with fifteen men, women and children of different nationalities, are cast adrift on ice after being separated from their ship. As days turn to weeks and rations run low, the crew splinters into factions along national and ethnic lines. The novel is about the failed 1871 USS Polaris expedition to the North Pole, and is set in Greenland.

Swedish actor Johannes Kuhnke, who we know from Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure, will star in the film alongside German actor Sebastian Hulk and Frederick Lau.


The film is written and directed by Páll Grímsson, who has previously co-produced Z for Zachariah, the science fiction thriller that premiered at Sundance in 2015.

Afterlands is being produced by Garnet Girl & Sagafilm.


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.