End of filming in sight for A White, White Day by Hlynur Pálmason
by Davide Abbatescianni
- Produced by Anton Máni Svansson, Hlynur Pálmason’s second feature is set in a remote Icelandic town and stars Ingvar E Sigurðsson
Hlynur Pálmason’s new feature, entitled A White, White Day, follows on the heels of the successful reception of his first drama, Winter Brothers [+see also:
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile], which was screened in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival and won the prestigious Bodil Award for Best Danish Film in 2017. Pálmason has once again chosen to set his story in a remote Nordic village, where isolation and alienation reign supreme.
Here, an off-duty police chief starts to suspect a local man of having an affair with his wife, who recently died in a car accident. As he builds a house for his daughter and granddaughter, his obsession with finding out the truth intensifies, and inevitably begins to endanger both him and his entourage. Producer Anton Máni Svansson has described this film as a “mystery drama about deception, grief, sacrifice and unconditional love”. The lead role is played by famous Icelandic actor Ingvar E Sigurðsson, best known for his involvement in Friðrik Þór Friðriksson's Angels of the Universe and Baltasar Kormákur's Jar City [+see also:
Pálmason wrote the screenplay, whilst Maria von Hausswolff (Winter Brothers, Parents [+see also:
film profile]) will partake as the DoP and Julius Krebs Damsbo as the editor (The Return [+see also:
film profile], Winter Brothers).
A White, White Day is being produced by Anton Máni Svansson (Winter Brothers, Heartstone [+see also:
interview: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
film profile]) for Reykjavík-based firm Join Motion Pictures in co-operation with Katarina Krave for Film i Väst (Sweden), Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen and Mikkel Jersin for Snowglobe (Denmark), and Nima Yousefi for Hob AB (Sweden). The Icelandic Film Centre, the country’s film agency, has also awarded it a grant of €900,000 towards the overall budget of €2.3 million. The international sales agent has not been announced yet. Filming will be completed by the end of September 2018, and the premiere is scheduled for autumn 2019.
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