Magazine article Screen International

Baldvin Z, Life in A Fishbowl

Magazine article Screen International

Baldvin Z, Life in A Fishbowl

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Icelandic director Baldvin Z's second feature interweaves the story of three very different characters struggling with modern life in Reykjavik.

It screens in the Discovery section starting today, Films Boutique handles sales.

How big a hit is the film in Iceland?

We're now the ninth biggest Icelandic film since the beginning of the Icelandic film industry. It's the biggest film this year, even including films like The Hobbit. It's a pleasant surprise for the whole industry of Iceland, because like many other countries the local films have not been doing as well at the box office. I think I just made the right film at the right time.

You worked with actor Thorsteinn Bachmann for three years developing this character of Mori the alcoholic poet. What is it you enjoy about working with actors?

It's the character development. I get so much of talking about characters' background stories, and when we do this preparation you see it coming alive on the screen. …

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