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Thora Karitas in Marteinn Thorsson's "Tomorrow We Become One"

Thora Karitas in Marteinn Thorsson’s “Tomorrow We Become One”

Marteinn Thorsson has started shooting his new film, Tomorrow We Become One (“Á morgun verðum við eitt”) in and around Reykjavik, Iceland. The film is about “love, loneliness and the compulsive yearning to merge with another human being. It also asks the question whether we are losing our ability to connect with our spiritual self.” The film has all ready shot for four days but the director says it’s a long term project, most likely to be shot intermittently over a period of one to three years “in my spare time from my job as a rehab counsellor”. The Director is also lensing the film along with his collaborator from XL, Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson. Other Cinematographers from around the world might join the fray as the shoot progresses as the film will partly be shot in Mexico and other countries.

Actors include:  Stefán Jónsson, Hafdís Helga Helgadóttir, Thelma Marín Jónsdóttir, Þórunn Magnea Magnúsdóttir, Snorri Ásmundsson, Vivianne Ólafsdóttir, Bergljót Arnalds, Inga María Eyjólfsdóttir, Þóra Karitas, Salóme R. Gunnarsdóttir, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Hafsteinn Gunnar Hafsteinsson, Þorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason, Kolbeinn Arnbjörnsson, Álfrún Helga Örnólfsdóttir, Rúnar Guðbrandsson, Birna Hafstein and others.

 

Stefan Jonsson and Hafdís Helga Helgadóttir in Marteinn Thorsson's "Tomorrow We Become One"

Stefan Jonsson and Hafdís Helga Helgadóttir in Marteinn Thorsson’s “Tomorrow We Become One”

 

Kolbeinn Arnbjörnsson, Thelma Marín Jónsdóttir and Snorri Ásmundsson in Marteinn Thorsson's "Tomorrow We Become One".

Kolbeinn Arnbjörnsson, Thelma Marín Jónsdóttir and Snorri Ásmundsson in Marteinn Thorsson’s “Tomorrow We Become One”.

 

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XL, which won Olafur Darri Olafsson (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) the Best Actor honours in Karlovy Vary this summer, will be released in the US with the help of VOD aggregator Kinonation. The first platform will be on Hulu and the filmmakers are very excited about this opportunity to be a part of the 21st Century mode of distribution. “It is a great honour to get to be a part of this model which is spearheaded by Kinonantion and to have the opportunity to work with the great people at Hulu. A small film like ours now has the chance to reach a much wider audience than just a few years ago”. Olafsson is gaining momentum as an actor and his upcoming projects are: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig, directed by Ben Stiller (Christmas 2013), “A Walk Among the Tombstones”, starring Liam Neeson, directed by Scott Frank (Spring 2014), “True Detectives”, HBO, starring Matthew McConaghey and Woody Harrelson, directed by Cary Fukunaga (January 2014), Banshee, Cinemax, starring Antony Starr, directed by O.C. Madsen (Spring 2013) and he is currently shooting “Line of Sight”, a pilot for AMC, directed by Jonathan Demme.

XL on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/xl

PRAISE FOR XL

“See it. XL is harrowing in all the right cinematic ways, not the least of which invovles you being so visually and sxperientially close to the despicable main character that you’re riveted to the film’s hide-and-seek narrative to find out if anyone innocent gets hurt.”

– CBC, Mario Trono

 “Icelandic film XL is a mesmerising mélange of chaotic images and is intriguing and provocative.”

– Screen International, Mark Adams

 “ … a nightmare that’s alternately funny and horrifying, building to the perfect climax.”

– The Huffington Post, Robin Wright

 “… a seriously dark black comedy.”

– Empire, Damon Wise

“The Hangover Parts 4, 5, 6 and 7.”

– The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Dalton

 “…XL very effectively simulates the disorientation of a permanently intoxicated mind. Ólafur Ólafsson, who received the Best Actor award for his performance, plays the rampaging Leifur with magnetic brio—a reprehensible and thoroughly pitiable character, stuck emptily chasing extremes.”

– Film Comment, Giovanni Marchini Camia

 “XL is an ugly film, a dirty film, a film that you almost need to take a shower after wallowing in all the filth within. It’s not a film for everyone, for sure, but it’s above all a good film. Seek it out when possible.”

– Twitch, Swarez

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The feature film XL has been selected for the main competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The festival will take place in the Czech Republic from June 28 – July 6. The festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the world.

In 2007 the Icelandic film Jar City received the festival‘s main prize, the Crystal Globe. Among prizes at the festival are those for best film, best director, best actor, best actress and a special mention award from the jury. The jury can also give out prizes in other categories. The president of the jury this year is Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland and the festival‘s honorary award will go to Oscar winner Oliver Stone.

XL tells the tale of ex-family man, avid womanizer, heavy-drinking, parliamentarian, Leifur Sigurdarson, who is forced to go into rehab by his political rival, following a well publicized art exhibition brawl. Full of denial, Leifur throws a party before checking in, but when it´s time to leave – very few do, turning the night into an adventure exclusively for those old enough to vote.

XL is directed by Marteinn Thorsson and the film‘s main cast is Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, María Birta, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Elma Lísa Gunnarsdóttir, Helgi Björnsson, Thorsteinn Bachmann, Rúnar Gudbrandsson and Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir. The script is written by Gudmundur Óskarsson and Marteinn Thorsson. XL is produced by Tenderlee Motion Pictures Company and Stór og smá.

 

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XL's DP, Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson, surrounded by lovely actresses (from left), Hafdís Helgadóttir, Elma Lísa Gunnarsdóttir and María Birta.
Samfilm to Release XL in January 2013
Samfilm (http://www.sambio.is/), veterans of distributing movies in all media in Iceland, will release the third feature from director Marteinn Thorsson in its Cinemas in January 2013. And then on VOD, internet and DVD.

The deal was signed on behalf of Samfilm’s Thorvaldur Árnason and Ragnheidur Erlingsdottir for Tenderlee Motion Pictures Company and Olafur Darri Olafsson for Stor og sma.

Producers for Tenderlee MPC are Marteinn Thorsson, Gudmundur Oskarsson and Ragnheidur Erlingsdottir and Olafur Darri Olafsson for Stor og sma.