Magazine article Screen International

M-Appeal Boards Toronto Discovery’s Icelandic Drama 'The Swan' (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

M-Appeal Boards Toronto Discovery’s Icelandic Drama 'The Swan' (Exclusive)

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Film is Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir’s feature debut.

Berlin-based sales company M-appeal has boarded worldwide sales rights for Icelandic drama The Swan.

Writer-director Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir makes her feature debut with the film, which will have its world premiere in Toronto’s Discovery programme.

Ahead of its Toronto premiere, The Swan is having closed market screenings at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films this week.

The film is adapted from the acclaimed Icelandic novel of the same name by Guðbergur Bergsson. The story follows Sól, a 9-year old girl who is sent to distant relatives for a summer to work and to mature at their countryside farm. She befriends a mysterious farmhand but becomes entangled in a drama she can hardly grasp.

Hjörleifsdóttir, who has an MFA in film from Columbia, previously directed shorts including Love Story and You And Me.

Producers are Birgitta Björnsdóttir and Hlín Jóhannesdóttir for Vintage Pictures. …

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