Óskarsdóttir’s King’s Road debuts at number two
by Annika Pham
King's Road [+see also:
interview: Valdís Oskarsdottir
film profile], the second feature film directed by world renowned Icelandic editor Valdis Óskarsdóttir, opened at number two in the local box office last weekend, beating out other new titles such as Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and The Men Who Stare at Goats.
Released by Sena Film, King’s Road had the best per screen average of the weekend: 2,284 admissions from three screens.
Based on Óskarsdóttir’s original story, the film is set in a rundown trailer park in Iceland. After three years abroad, a young man returns to Iceland with problems he hopes his father can sort out, but his homecoming isn’t quite what he had expected.
Most of the cast from Óskarsdóttir’s feature debut Country Wedding [+see also:
film profile] return here, including Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Gísli Örn Gardarsson and Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir. German actor Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds [+see also:
film profile]) also features in this fully Icelandic comedy-drama produced by Mystery Island in co-production with Kukl & Vesturport.
Country Wedding had a successful festival run in 2008 and sold to several territories, including France (Memento Films).
After two decades spent in a cutting room, working for other filmmakers – among others, Thomas Vinterberg (from Festen to Submarino [+see also:
interview: Thomas Vinterberg
film profile]), Søren-Krag Jakobsen (Skagerrak), Gus van Sant (Finding Forrester) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) – Óskarsdóttir told Cineuropa that directing is a new passion that “makes me feel alive”.
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