Marteinn Thorsson

page4-mattithreeMarteinn Thorsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and is a dual citizen of Iceland and Canada. Marteinn first wanted to be a filmmaker at the age of 6 after watching the Japanese animated feature, Alakazam The Great. His uncle owned and ran an old movie theatre (Hafnarbíó) that operated in an army barrack from World War II. Both his grandfather and mother worked there. Around then he started making films, using a Super 8mm camera. By the time reached the age of 17, he had his first gig in the advertising business, as a stills photographer on a commercial film shoot. In college he continued by making short horror flicks, while also working in television and on feature films. Two of his early films sold to Icelandic Television:  Toy Soldiers to private broadcaster Channel 2 and Bogomil Font: The Crooner Behind The Curtain to state broadcaster RUV. He graduated from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Ontario, with a B.F.A. degree in Film Studies and a 65-minute film noir, Diary of an Assassin in hand. Diary of an Assassin was selected for a premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival but Marteinn could not afford to strike a print, so he was unable to screen the film in the festival. Since then, Marteinn has written, directed and produced television dramas, comedies, documentaries & variety shows.  He has helmed a series of commercials, and music videos. He has won 5 PROMAX Awards for promotional spots he created in Toronto, Ontario for Astral Media/TMN, for Showcase, and for YTV and City-TV.  In 2006 he won the Icelandic Edda Award for best Television program, for the current affairs show Kompás (for broadcaster CHANNEL 2). In 2004 Marteinn co-wrote and co-directed with Jeff Renfroe the feature One Point O (a.k.a. 1.0, a.k.a. Paranoia: 1.0) starring Jeremy Sisto, Deborah Kara Unger, Udo Kier and Lance Henriksen. One Point O was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and has subsequently sold to more than 43 countries worldwide and won awards in places around the globe. Variety Magazine then put Marteinn on its 10 Directors To Watch List. His second feature Rokland (Stormland), was produced by Snorri Thorisson at Pegasus Pictures. Thorsson lives in Hveragerdi with his wife, novelist Gudrún Eva Mínervudóttir, and daughter, Mínerva Marteinsdóttir.

Guðmundur Óskarsson

page4-pasted-graphic-1Born and raised in a working class suburb of the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík, Guðmundur has for as long as he can remember been on his way to the countryside, or at least a fishing village, where he would like to spend all his days with a constantly pregnant wife, a growing family. Despite that he has been living in the center of Reykjavík since he left home, going to college and the University of Iceland where he studied Icelandic and philosophy, but graduation pending. While studying Guðmundur worked ― simply to afford existing ― for the longest time for Landsbanki (1999―2008, 2008―2011), the second most ambitious bank in Iceland, before the economic meltdown, in terms of financial world domination.

Guðmundur has written since he was nine, but not taking the art seriously until February 2003. In 2007 he published a collection of short prose, in 2008 a novel, and another one, Bankster, in 2009. The last one brought him the prestigious Icelandic Literary Award. Some of Guðmundur´s work has been translated and faired reasonably on the foreign market. Since 2010 Guðmundur has allowed his interest in movies to rule. Working with the rogue director Marteinn Thorsson on various ideas, to date resulting in the scripts XL (2011) and Bankster (2010―2011); the co-operation becoming so very close and productive that both had their first child in 2011, and both with women way out of their league.
In Icelandic, Guðmundur means under God´s protective wing; a firm foundation for a reckless life.

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