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Two Icelandic Movies Premiere Tonight

thor-legends-of-valhalla_posterTwo very different Icelandic films are scheduled to premiere in local cinemas tonight: Borgríki (City State), a thriller set in Reykjavík’s underworld directed by Ólafur Jóhannesson, and Thór: Hetjur Valhallar (Thor: Legends of Valhalla), an adventure animation based on Norse mythology directed by Óskar Jónasson.

The directors both admitted to Fréttabladid that they had woken up on Monday morning with their stomachs in knots. “I started wondering whether I had drunk too much coffee,” Jónasson commented, while Jóhannesson stated he had been preparing, “It doesn’t matter whether I go to yoga or the gym, the anxiety remains.”

Jónasson explained animation requires a lot of patience as every little detail has to be taken into account. “I’m not sure I could do it again.” When asked about his preparation for the premiere, Jóhannesson replied, “My only goal now is to not look like a fool in front of a room full of spectators.”

The directors went on to discuss the Icelandic film industry, which has boomed during the crisis; ten new films will premiere this year. “It has been a good year but I think, sadly, that it is the last good year,” Jóhannesson said. “Next year will be really difficult and there aren’t a great many ongoing projects right now.”

“Now there is a real danger of professionals leaving Iceland,” Jónasson added. The directors both dream of Hollywood. Jónasson is actually half-way there; his thriller Reykjavík-Rotterdam will soon premiere as Contraband, an English-language remake starring Mark Wahlberg.

borgriki_posterAlso, Jóhannesson’s prospects look good as he has signed a contract with an American agency which is looking into the English-language remake of City State.

Thor: Legends of Valhalla is the first full-length Icelandic animation and also the most extensive film project that has been conducted in the country. Development work began seven years ago and hundreds of people have participated in the project, a press release states.

It will be screened in 24 cinemas across the country and screenings in English in Iceland and screenings in other countries are also planned.

The film’s main producer is the Icelandic production company Caoz; Ulysses in Germany and Magma Productions in Ireland are co-producers. The Icelandic entertainment company Sena is responsible for the distribution.

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