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Icelandic Film Quake Gets International Theatrical Release

By Larissa Kyzer

Photo: Screenshot from Quake trailer, dir. Tinna Hrafnsdóttir.

Icelandic writer-director Tinna Hrafnsdóttir’s film Quake will have a theatrical release in North America, Sweden, and the UK, Variety reports. The psychological drama is Tinna’s first feature-length film as a director; as an actor, she takes a supporting role in Quake, but has previously had starring roles in the popular TV series The Valhalla Murders and The Minister.

“Quake” follows Saga (Anita Briem), a single mother in her late thirties, who has a grand mal seizure while walking in a public park with her six-year-old son. The event results in her total memory loss and afraid of being declared an unfit mother, Saga attempts to conceal her precarious state of mind while also dealing with suddenly surfacing memories of her childhood, which she’s long repressed. The film is an adaptation of the Icelandic Literary Prize-nominated novel Stjóri skjálfi by Auður Jónsdóttir, which was recently published by Dottir Press in the US under the title Quake (translated by Meg Matich).

The film, which premiered in Iceland in March and was well-received at the Santa Barbara film festival the same month, sold to Juno Films in North America and the UK and Njuta Films in Sweden. Both companies are planning for a late 2022 release. Quake will also be presented at the upcoming Cannes Marché du Film.

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