Magazine article Screen International

'Rams' Producers Plant Sigurdsson’s 'Tree'

Magazine article Screen International

'Rams' Producers Plant Sigurdsson’s 'Tree'

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Iceland's Netop Films, Denmark's Profile Pictures and Poland's Madants, a trio who previously collaborated on Icelandic hit Rams, are reuniting to co-produce Under The Tree, the new film from Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, whose credits include Paris Of the North and Either Way.

The film starts shooting in Iceland on July 19 for six weeks.

The Nordisk TV & Film Fond has now confirmed backing of $156,400 (NOK 1.3m) for the $2.2m (euro2m) budget. Other backers are The Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute and Polish Film Institute.

Under The Tree has been pre-sold to Sena for Icelandic distribution and to RUV for free TV in Iceland. Scanbox has acquired Scandinavian rights. New Europe Film Sales, which also teamed with Netop on Icelandic hit Rams, will handle international sales.

"Grimar [Netop Films producer Grimar Jónsson] and I had an amazing journey with Rams, so when he approached me with a new project it was an easy decision to get involved. This is another universal story that international audience can relate to - this time set in an Icelandic suburb rather than the countryside," said New Europe founder Jan Naszewski.

The story is about a man who is accused of adultery by his ex-fiancée and forced to move in with his parents. …

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