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Icelandic Musician Writes Score for Hollywood Film

Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds has been asked to write the score for the upcoming movie of American director Sam Levinson, Another Happy Day, which stars Demi Moore, Ellen Burstyn and Ellen Barkin, among other actors.


Ólafur Arnalds at concert. Courtesy of IMX.

“The director said it had been out of the question for anyone but me to write the score for the movie,” Arnalds told Morgunbladid. Both Levinson and Barkin are said to be devoted fans of Arnalds’s.

Allegedly the film’s producers were doubtful about recruiting Arnalds because of his young age but Barkin convinced them he was the right musician for the project.

Arnalds said the music is mainly piano and string instrument compositions without lyrics, with an overall length of about 30 to 40 minutes. He has received a copy of the nearly-finished film and will work closely with the director on the compositions.

This is not the first time Arnalds has written music for films; he wrote the score for the Icelandic teenage drama Jitters (original title: Órói) and Ruairi Robinson’s short BlinkyTM.

The short film, which is currently in post production, tells the tale of a domestic robot which suffers a breakdown and kills its masters. Robinson was nominated for an Oscar in 2002 for his short Fifty Percent Grey.

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