Kormàkur’s Wedding planned for today
by Annika Pham
Baltasar Kormakur’s latest film, White Night Wedding [+see also:
film profile] (Brúðguminn), loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s play Ivanov, is opening today in Iceland on seven screens through Sena Film.
The project was developed simultaneously for stage and screen with the same cast, including Hilmir Snær Guðnason (The Quiet Storm), Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir (Thicker than Water [+see also:
film profile]) and Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson (Parents), as well as Ólafur Egilsson, who co-wrote the script with Kormákur. The theatre version premiered on December 26 at Reykjavik’s Icelandic National Theatre.
White Night Wedding is the story of 35 year-old Ivanov, who was once an energetic entrepreneur but is now totally burnt out. He pays no attention to his sick wife and is on the verge of sinking into the depths of despair. Until Sasha, a young and beautiful student, falls in love with and takes it upon herself to save him.
The €2m film was produced by Agnes Johansen for Kormákur’s company Blueeyes Productions, in co-production with Sena Film, Iceland’s national broadcaster RUV, and support from the Icelandic Film Centre. Post-production was handled by Nordisk Film Studios.
According to Johansen, at the film’s premiere on Wednesday, the cast and crew received a standing ovation in the 1,000-seat cinema in Reykjavik.
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