Magazine article Screen International

Kormákur to Film Independent People

Magazine article Screen International

Kormákur to Film Independent People

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The Deep director will tackle Halldór Laxness' novel about poor Icelandic farmers in the early 20th century.

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur, whose latest local feature The Deep (Djúpið) was released domestically last week (Sept 21), will film Icelandic Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness' 1934-1935 epic novel, Independent People (Sjálfstætt fólk).

"It is our biggest literary work, and I have long dreamt of doing it," said Kormákur, when he announced he had secured the rights to the depiction of poor Icelandic farmers in the early 20th century, surviving on isolated crofts in an inhospitable landscape.

The director told www.visir.is that "it is an ambitious project because it is a well-known story, but I have a lot of passion for the project." So far eight of Laxness' novels have been filmed, including Salka Valka (1954) and most recently, The Honour of the House (Úngfrúin góða og Húsið/1999). …

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