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Icelandic Weddings Screened at Toronto Film Festival

Two Icelandic comedies featuring countryside weddings, White Night Wedding (2008) by director Baltasar Kormákur and Country Wedding (2008) by director Valdís Óskarsdóttir, will be screened at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

“This will hopefully prove to be good advertisement for Icelandic filmmaking. But I hope that they won’t think that we only make movies about weddings,” Óskarsdóttir told Morgunbladid.

Country Wedding, Óskarsdóttir’s directorial debut, premieres in Iceland tomorrow. Óskarsdóttir is better known as a film editor, among other things for her award-winning work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).

The movie was made without funding from the Icelandic Film Center because it is a work of improvisation without an actual script, so it didn’t qualify for a grant under the fund’s terms. The project did, however, get funding from the center for postproduction.

Óskarsdóttir said one of the movie’s producers Gudrún Edda Thórhannesdóttir had acquired funding from a few investors. Through her initiative, Fortisimo Films bought the film and are responsible for worldwide distribution.

“It is very pleasing that someone has so much faith in a small Icelandic movie that they would buy it in advance,” Óskarsdóttir said.

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