A new Icelandic film, Ég man þig (I Remember You), based on the chilling thriller of the same name by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, will premiere in Icelandic movie theaters today. The book first came out in Iceland in 2010, and an English translation by Philip Roughton was published in the UK two years later, under the title I Remember You: A Ghost Story.
According to RÚV, few books are likely to have kept as many Icelanders awake at night as this novel, which sold close to 30,000 copies in Iceland.
The director of the film is Óskar Þór Axelsson, who directed the 2012 thriller Black’s Game (Svartur á leik). The story takes place in the West Fjords, both in Ísafjörður and Hesteyri. Óskar Þór told RÚV that being in Hesteyri was the most memorable part of the filming process. “Conditions there are primitive; there is no electricity and we had no phone service. That made the group tight-knit.”
Yrsa is convinced the film will be able to scare her. “I’ve done my best to forget the book,” Yrsa told RÚV, “so that [the film] will surprise me as much as possible. I don’t believe anyone in Iceland looks as much forward to seeing this film as I do.”
The film is in Icelandic, without subtitles.