Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Crime, Nordic Noir
Country of Origin
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson (Óðinn), Ólöf Halla Jóhannesdóttir (Rún), Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir (Amma Dísa), Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir (Diljá),
Compass Films, Eyjafjallajökull Entertainment
Heather Millard, Sigurjón Sighvatsson
1. September, Sena theatrical (RUV)
30. October, Nordics by Scanbox
Erlingur Thoroddsen is an award-winning writer and director, born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland, and a graduate from Columbia University’s MFA Film Directing Program. Erlingur’s films have screened at various international festivals such as South by Southwest, Outfest, BFI London Film Festival, Gothenburg International Film Festival, Puchon International Film Festival, and Screamfest. Erlingur recently completed directing the feature-film The Piper for Millennium Films, which he also wrote. Inspired by the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, this dark modern day fariytale tells the story of a composer who discovers that her latest concerto has summoned a deadly evil. It stars Charlotte Hope and Julian Sands with original music by renowned composer Christopher Young. Prior to The Piper, Erlingur wrote the Blumhouse horror film Midnight Kiss. He also wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed psychological thriller Rift. Rift was awarded Artistic Achievement at the 2017 Outfest Film Festival, and will be reimagined by Netflix with an English language update, which Erlingur will write and direct. Erlingur’s Cold is an adaptation of Icelandic crime-author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir‘s best-selling thriller Kuldi.
What excited me the most about adapting COLD the novel into a movie, is how it takes two genres — the murder mystery and the paranormal thriller — and weaves them together in a very unexpected but satisfying way. A big part of the joy of watching the film is how it pulls the rug from under your feet — how it subverts your expectations of genre.
The film has two separate storylines that entwine and eventually merge. The first one starts off as a familiar mystery: we follow Óðinn who is a government investigator looking into suspicious deaths that happened at a juvenile delinquent home in the 1980s. He is also dealing with the aftermath of his ex wife’s suicide, and is now living with his estranged teenage daughter who begins having nightmares about her mother. It’s not long until Óðinn begins having strange visions of his wife as well, which takes that story into a much scarier and creepier place.
The other story gives us a glimpse into what actually happened at the Krókur juvenile home in 1984. There we follow Aldís, a young maid who hates working in this creepy house, out in the middle of nowhere. But then a new boy arrives at the home — a handsome, charming young man with a mysterious past. She quickly falls for him… but at the same time, in the wake of his arrival she begins to feel like Krókur is haunted. She also has strange nightmares and feels like she is being watched and followed. Little does she know that the arrival of this mysterious boy is what sets off a series of events that ends in tragedy — the same tragedy Óðinn is investigating.
As both of these storylines unravel, we start to realize that they are more connected than first appeared… and that the solution to the ghostly mystery of the 1980s could be the answer to the scary events Óðinn is experiencing. Along the way, we begin to upend the genres we started with — the haunting in the 80s begins to slide into something much more tragic and psychological, and the modern mystery part… well it gets pretty wild and intense by the end. No spoilers.
Everything comes to a head in the third act where all is revealed with twist after twist after twist — where tragedy and horror play together in a pretty spectacular fashion.
Heather Millard is a producer and co-owner at Compass Films Iceland. She recently completed Summerlight and Then Comes the Night directed by Elfar Adalsteins, she also recently completed the debut docu-fiction Band by Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir. Millard is a British producer who has been producing from Iceland since 2009. She has produced an abundance of award-winning feature-films, documentaries, shorts and animations. Millard is a member of the Icelandic and the European Film Academy and was Iceland’s Producer on the Move 2015.
Sigurjón Sighvatsson (also known as Joni) is a veteran producer with over 50 feature films, television series and documentaries to his credit. Sighvatsson has worked with some of the most successful filmmakers in the industry, including David Lynch, Kathryn Bigelow, Jim Sheridan, Julian Schnabel, and multiple Academy Award Nominees and Winners. Amongst his films are The 100 year Old Man, Brothers, Z For Zachariah, Killer Elite as well as classics such as Wild at Heart, Arlington Road and Basquiat. Sighvatsson also continues to be a significant force in the arthouse genre having recently Executive produced Summerlight and Then Comes the Night.
ជាតិក្រោយ (Chiet Krawy)
Sci-fi, Mystery, Drama
Country of Origin
Jake Wachtel, Christopher Seán Larsen
Srey Leak Chitth, Leng Heng Prak, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Cindy Sirinya Bishop
Valerie Steinberg Productions
Jóhannesson is born and raised in Iceland, but spent a few years of his childhood living in the Faroe Islands. He fluently speaks Icelandic, Faroese, Danish and English. Graduated with a BFA degree in acting from the Iceland Academy of Arts in 2005. Jóhannesson was a resident artist at the National Theater until he started working in international television and film projects in 2014. His first international film role was in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, as Cain (the worlds first murderer). His first international television role was on NBC’s A.D: Kingdom And Empire’. His TV credits also include Game of Thrones , The Last Kingdom, The Innocents and Vikings: Valhalla.
Ásgeirsdóttir started her career in the film Witchcraft by director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. She won an award at the Puchon international film festival in South-Korea for that role. Ásgeirsdóttir later studied acting at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and graduated in 2005. During her studies she was offered her second role in Kaldaljós by Hilmar Oddsson. The film received the Icelandic Edda awards for best film in 2004. Ásgeirsdóttir has since then performed both on stage and in television and film.
Among roles in film and television is the leading role of the television series Pressa for which she received both nominations and a win in 2013 at the Icelandic Edda awards as “Actress of the year” as well as Fractures/Vitjanir, Stella Blomkvist and Summerlight.
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir is an Icelandic actress and theater director with a broad range from drama to comedy. She started out as a saxophone player and singer in a pop-group named Risaeðlan/Reptile and thought music would be her path. But acting became her playground where it is all about telling stories where people can mirror their own experiences. Geirharðsdóttir graduated form the Icelandic Theater Academy in 1995 and has been a leading actor at the City Theater in Reykjavík ever since, as well as working extensively in film and television. She has been awarded and honoured for her work both in Iceland and internationally. Notable features include Woman at War, The Garden, Margrete Queen of the North, Of Horses and Men.