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Icelandic Horror Short Garners Attention Abroad

childeater_posterThe horror short film Child Eater by Icelandic director Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen was screened at the annual film festival of Columbia University in New York’s Lincoln Center recently. Immediately afterwards, a representative of a local film production company contacted Erlingur regarding possible collaboration.

“The company produces horror films and the man liked my short so much that he has been in contact with me since, even though no decision has been made on collaboration,” Erlingur told Morgunblaðið. “It is very exciting and I’m optimistic.”

Representatives of two large film festivals also attended the Columbia University festival and requested further viewing of Erlingur’s short.

Also, a representative of NBC—which has a special horror film channel—requested a copy, although Erlingur and his film’s producer, Perri Nemiroff, haven’t heard anything from them since.

Erlingur holds a BA degree in literature from the University of Iceland and just completed his third year in film directing at Columbia University. “Ever since my childhood I’ve wanted to make movies and always looked towards the US in that regard.”

Child Eater, which is 14-minutes long, features a nanny determined to have a relaxing evening when the child she is babysitting complains that there is someone inside the bedroom closet. As night falls, strange things begin to happen.


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