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Photo: Mayor of Húsavík, Kristján Þór Magnússon.

Ferrell’s Eurovision Film Prompts Mayor’s Endearing Statement

Filming of the upcoming Netflix comedy Eurovision is currently underway in Húsavík in North Iceland. The film – which is directed by David Dobkin, and written by Andrew Steele and Will Ferrell – stars Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Demi Lovato, and Will Ferrell himself. The film follows Icelanders Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, who are chosen to represent their nation at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Prior to the filming, Kristján Þór Magnússon, Mayor of Húsavík, released a statement on the municipality of Norðurþing’s website, detailing the extent of the preparations and warning of possible disturbances to life in town. With reference to “the principles” of filmmaking, Magnússon’s statement – which is alternately endearing and inspirational – asks citizens to respect the crew’s privacy on set:

“… The excitement in the run-up to the project’s filming has mounted over the past few weeks, and it is understandable that many are equal parts thrilled and curious about the film. Everyone involved in the film’s production is exceedingly grateful to the positive outlook the inhabitants of Húsavík have adopted toward it.

During the production of a large-scale film project such as this, it is important that we adhere to the rules applicable on and around the set. The production company, the actors, and other affiliated parties expect much of us. On behalf of the municipality, I would like to request that we demonstrate our trustworthiness to our fine guests; that we respect the privacy of the film’s staff and actors; and that we demonstrate our capability of taking on additional projects, by not violating the principles of the film-making business. Those principles are, in their most basic form, the following:

  • Absolutely no photographs are to be taken of the actors or other on-set paraphernalia and published on social media.
  • No drones are to be operated over or around the set during filming.
  • The temporarily closing of roads during production is to be met with patience and understanding.

A crew of approximately 250 people will arrive in Húsavík to film between Friday, October 11th, and Monday, October 14th. During that time, a certain perturbation of town-life is unavoidable.

Finally, I hope we enjoy this fun project together, and may it go down, through our collevtive efforts, as one of the most fantastic events in the history of Húsavík. Let us receive the crew with open arms, let us respect their privacy, and let us throw a real Eurovision party come next spring!

On behalf of Norðurþing,

Kristján Þór Magnússon”

The full statement is accessible here (in Icelandic).

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