The film industry is continuing to grow in Iceland, as both foreign and Icelandic productions have been filming in the country throughout the summer and fall. The art and business of filmmaking in Iceland has tripled in size since 2010 and is set to continue growing as many productions are preparing to film in Iceland in the upcoming months.
Recently, the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture published the first comprehensive policy on film industry and film culture. The Ministry and leading members of the film industry joined forces to develop the policy that aligns with the government’s overall plan to diversify the Icelandic economy by boosting industries based on innovation, creativity and sustainability.
One film that recently wrapped up production in Iceland is Summerlight and then Comes the Night. The movie stars Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and is based on author and poet Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s eponymous novel. Director Elfar Adalsteins describes the film as “a story of contrasts” and says it is “woven by bittersweet anecdotes.” The movie was filmed in a small seaside village in the North West of Iceland and is set to premiere in the fall of 2021.
Wolka is another production that was recently filmed in the volcanic landscapes of the Westman Islands in Iceland. The movie, directed by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, tells the story of Anna, who gets released from a Polish prison. Once free, Anna sets out on a quest to find a woman named Dorota, but faces many challenges along the way.
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