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Eyjafjallajökull in New French Film

More than three years after shutting down air travel across Europe, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull glacier-volcano continues to garner attention.

eyjafj-eruption-dark-cloud_psThe 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Even though most people cannot pronounce its name, Eyjafjallajökull received such publicity that not only is it the name of a new Swiss watch but also the title of a brand-new French comedy, premiered this week, ruv.is reports.

In order to draw attention to his latest and much-awaited film, Dany Boon, France’s most popular actor, decided to give it a title that nobody could pronounce: Eyjafjallajökull.

The film is actually not about the volcanic eruption but its consequences. A divorced couple meets again by change after 20 years. They can’t stand one another but are forced, due to the ash cloud from the eruption, to travel by land to Greece to their daughter’s wedding.

This is not the first time that ash from Iceland causes turmoil among the French. According to a popular theory, volcanic ash from the so-called Móðuharðindi, which followed the Skaftáreldar eruption in 1783-1784, sparked the French Revolution.

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