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A post-apocalyptic Spaghetti Western is coming to Iceland

Iceland is getting its (first-ever?) post-apocalyptic Spaghetti Western.

English actress Geraldine Chaplin and Spanish actress Angela Molina have boarded the film The Wind Blew On. The cast also comprises Romanian-born actress Elina Löwensohm and US musician Josh T Pearson of Lift to Experience.

In the title role is the director’s son, Floki Molina, who plays a little boy. The film is inspired by the novel The Little Prince, where the boy travels to unknown places where people help him become a man.

“The post-apocalyptic Spaghetti Western is a metaphor about the loss of innocence and the fall from paradise”, says the director. “This journey is all the more arduous for being made in the knowledge that we are always capable of hurting the ones we love most, that evil haunts our actions as an ever-present possibility. Through the fear that this causes, death is born. How are we to come to terms with this ordeal? Through religion, technology, through love itself? With the story of this boy, I aim to explore how we humans situate ourselves today in relation to these questions.”

The film was pitched in Haugesund last August where it won the Eurimages’ Lab Award. Since then, it has attracted a cast and producer. Jóhann Jóhannsson is the music supervisor.

The Wind Blew On was filmed in fragments over the last six years in Iceland and Spain. It will open in 2018.

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.