Magazine article Screen International

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson Lines Up Reykjavik Shoot for Staying Alive

Magazine article Screen International

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson Lines Up Reykjavik Shoot for Staying Alive

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EXCLUSIVE: Iceland's Ljosband producing with UK's F&ME.

Oscar nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson is gearing up for the Reykjavik shoot of Staying Alive, his first feature since festival hit Mamma Gogo. The film is budgeted at [euro]1.5m.

Bardi Gudmundsson (Mother Knows Best) wrote the script about Magdalena, 43-year-old spinster obsessed with funerals, who reunites with her long-lost first love, Greta.

The director says: "When I read Bardi Gudmundsson's script I felt as if though it was tailored for me, or at least by someone with the same keen sense of fashion as I, as funerals are at the very heart of the story. Yet the script also appeals to me because it presents a world of bluecollar women and a gay subculture that is quite alien to myself (though gay people have to fight for their basic rights, and are outsiders like most of my characters). I envision this film as an ode to, and vehicle for, the multitude of excellent actresses who have hit middle age at the very peak of their professional and artistic abilities. …

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