The Together Project, the new film from the late writer/director Sólveig Anspach, has been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival.
Shot in Iceland, the film tells the story of Samir, who travels from his native France to Iceland to make up with his swimming instructor, Agathe, whom he’s madly in love with. But when an electric shock leaves him with amnesia, how can he make up for what he can’t remember?
Principal photography started in the autumn of 2014 and the spring of 2015 both in France and Iceland. While shooting, Sólveig Anspach was struggling with breast cancer. With the knowledge that she didn’t have much time left, she managed to bring the film to its completion.
This is the third film by Sólveig Anspach to head to Cannes. In 2001, her French documentary Made in the USA was also selected for Directors’ Fortnight, where it won the François Chalais Prize. In 2003, her Icelandic/French/Belgian feature Stormy Weather was selected for the Un Certain Regard section.
The Together Project is a French/Icelandic coproduction. It was directed by Sólveig Anspach and written by Anspach and Jean-Luc Gaget. It was produced by Skúli Malmquist for Zik Zak Filmworks and Patrick Sobelman for Ex Nihilo. The film stars Florence Loiret Caille and Samir Guesmi, with the Icelandic actors Didda Jónsdóttir, Frosti Jón Runólfsson, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson and Kristbjörg Kjeld playing supporting roles. International sales are handled by Le Pacte.
Two other Icelandic features have previously been selected for Directors’ Fortnight: Thorsteinn Jónsson’s Atomic Station in 1984 and Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Volcano in 2011.