Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s Formative Years Subject of New Series

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

Icelandic director Baldvin Z (Lof mér að falla, Vonarstræti) is working on a four-part series on the life of Iceland’s first female President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, RÚV reports. Vigdís was the first woman to be democratically elected as a Head of State in the world and to this day remains the longest-serving elected female head of state of any country.

The series is to focus on the period of Vigdís’ life from her teenage years until she became President of Iceland in 1980. The screenplay was written by three women: Björg Magnúsdóttir, Jana María Guðmundsdóttir, and Ágústa Ólafsdóttir, who have put years of research into the project. Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir (Trapped) has been cast as adult Vigdís in the series, but the role of teenage Vigdís is yet to be filled. Vigdís, who turned 90 last year, reportedly had a hand in casting Nina Dögg to play herself and has been consulting with the actress on the role.

The series is expected to go into production at the end of this year or in early 2022.

Woman At War Wins Ten Eddas

Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman At War (Kona fer í strið) won in all ten of the categories that it was nominated for at the Eddas, Iceland’s most prestigious Film and Television award, on Friday night RÚV reports.

The film, which was also chosen as Iceland’s submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, stars Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir and tells the story of an eco-activist whose efforts to disrupt large-scale industry in Iceland are complicated when she learns that her long-awaited adoption is about to become a reality. It is set to be adapted in the US by Jodie Foster.

Woman At War won in the categories of Film of the Year, Script, Sound, Editing, Cinematography, Actress in a Starring Role, Set Design, Score, Special Effects, and Best Director.

Director Baldvin Z’s Let Me Fall (Lof mér að falla) was actually nominated for more Eddas—12 in total—but only won in four categories: Costume Design, Makeup, Actress in a Supporting Role, and Actor in a Supporting Role.

See a trailer of Woman at War herewith English subtitles and Let Me Fall here.