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Concept Drawing for UNA by art director Solrun Ósk

 

Una (Recurrence), a supernatural thriller written by Óttar M. Nordfjörd and Marteinn Thorsson and directed by Thorsson, has been awarded a 110 million ISK production grant (approx 1.1 million USD) from The Icelandic Film Centre (film is budgeted at 2.5 million USD/2.2 million EUR). The thriller marks a return for Thorsson to genre filmmaking, his first being the sci-fi One Point O (1.0), which premiered in competition at Sundance, 2004. Una was initially developed by Tenderlee but delegate producing duties are now handled by Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdóttir of DUO productions with Marteinn Thorsson as co-producer (ISL), as well as Gunnar Carlsson of Anagram (SWE) and Christian Riffard of Frozen Frogs (FRA). The Yellow Affair (SWE/FIN) is in charge of  global sales (excluding Iceland). Casting and other prep for the genre pic will start in late May.

The project has also been selected for the Focus Asia co-pro market at the Far East film festival in Udine (April 24-27, 2018).

DARK SHADOWS: A preliminary sketch for PROTOS. Artwork by Andrian Luchian - © 2014 by Andrian Luchian and Tenderlee Motion Pictures Company.

SHADOWS: A preliminary sketch for PROTOS. Artwork by Andrian Luchian – © 2014 by Andrian Luchian and Tenderlee Motion Pictures Company.

 

Marteinn Thorsson’s science fiction epic, PROTOS, has been selected for B’EST: Baltic East by West Producers’ Workshop.

PROTOS had previously been awarded a phase-one script grant from the Icelandic Film Centre.

The screenplay is inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella HEART OF DARKNESS, which was also the basis for Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW, but PROTOS takes place in 3113 and centers on an amnesiac mercenary, HERA HANSEN, who is sent a mission by the World Corp Organization to track down and kill multi-billionaire HANS PO, but he has apparently gone mad on his volcanic island in Sector 354.

Gudni Lindal Benediktsson co-wrote the treatment with Thorsson with further assistance by Ottar M. Nordfjörd.

Thorsson describes the film as a philosophical cousin of Blade Runner and Apocalypse Now with the stylistic and tonal qualities of Sin City and Valhalla Rising.

Graphic Artists Andrian Luchian and Ramon Contini have created some preliminary artwork for the film.

 

ASGARD: A preliminary sketch for PROTOS. Artwork by Ramon Contini - © 2014 by Ramon Contini and Tenderlee Motion Pictures Company.

ASGARD: A preliminary sketch for PROTOS. Artwork by Ramon Contini – © 2014 by Ramon Contini and Tenderlee Motion Pictures Company.