Helsinki International Film Festival (Director Thorsson attending)

Calgary International Film Festival (North American Premiere)


Vancouver International Film Festival

A German Festival We Can’t Announce Yet (Director Thorsson attending)

Bergen International Film Festival


A European Island Film Festival We Can’t Announce Yet (Director Thorsson attending)

Scanorama European Film Forum, Vilnius, Lithunaia (Director Thorsson attending)

A European Mainland Film Festival We Can’t Announce Yet (Director Thorsson attending)

Aesa (Maria Birta) is tired of parties.

Aesa (Maria Birta) is tired of parties.

You can read the whole review here.

But reviewer Swarez sums it up thus:

“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”.



The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) has just announced the main programme for its 48th edition unspooling June 28-July 6, 2013 and two Nordic films have been selected: Iceland’s feature film XL by Marteinn Thorsson (pictured) will be vying for the Crystal Globe in the main feature competition section and the Danish director Daniel Dencik will submit Moon Rider in the Documentary competition section.
Marteinn Thorsson --

Marteinn’s breakthrough came in 2004 the feature film One Point O co-written and directed by Jeff Renfroe which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. XL is his third feature film after Stormland, still travelling on the world festival tour.

XL is the story of womanizer, heavy-drinking parliamentarian Leifur Sigurdarson (played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) who is forced to go into rehab by his political rival and throws a big party before leaving. The film was produced by Tenderlee Motion Pictures Company and Stór og smá. The last Icelandic film that won a Crystal Globe in Karlovy Vary was Baltasar Kormákur’s Jar City (2007).

Daniel Dencik won the Reel Talent Award at CPH: DOX 2012. His feature debut Moon Rider which follows the struggles of young bike rider Rasmus Quaade to become a professional rider has attended six other festivals since late 2012. LevelK handles world sales.

Two films by Kurdish born Norwegian director Hisham Zaman (Before Snowfalls andBawke) are screening as part of Karlovy Vary’s tribute to Kurdish cinema.

For further info check: www.kviff.com

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.


XL (2013)

Screenwriter Guðni Líndal Benediktsson with strange object.
Z is award round two support from The Icelandic Film Centre

We’re so happy that The Icelandic Film Centre has decided to award Gudni Líndal Benediktsson’s fantastic Zombie script, Z (a.k.a. Z-Games), round two of money for continuing support.

Z centers on a group of Nordic TV game-show contestants who must fight for their lives in the Zombie infested Faroese Islands. A sort of violent and bloody Eurovision Song Contest, without the singing, and “sans” Switzerland.

Marteinn Thorsson is set to direct the bloody flick.


Teaser Posters for XL Revealed
These great posters are by our fantastic designer Magnús Elvar Jónsson (with photos by Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson and Marteinn Thorsson). Enjoy.

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XL has been invited to be a part of “Works in Progress” under the 18th Nordic film market.  New Nordic Films is taking place during the 40th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, 15th – 18th of August.

Producer/Director Marteinn Thorsson and Producer Ragnheidur Erlingsdottir will be on hand to present 8 minutes from the film which is in its final edit stage.

The Presentation will take place at Edda Cinema Centre – Edda Cinema 5 on Thursday 16th of August, 2012 from 17:30-21:00.

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.

Director Thorsson and Editor Thors (no relation) are Editing.

Director Thorsson and Editor Thors (no relation) are in full swing editing the liquor soaked dramedy XL. XL is Thorsson’s 3rd feature and his most ambitious to date.