Arrivals & Departures: The Sweet Shop signs Icelandic director

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The Sweet Shop has signed award-winning Icelandic director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson to its global roster (including Australia + New Zealand).

“Gudmundsson is widely regarded as being among the next generation of outstanding filmmakers,” said TSW’s Kiwi founder/ceo Paul Prince. “His hauntingly beautiful short Whale Valley (2013) about the bond of two brothers has won a Cannes Film Festival Special Mention and a nomination for the European Film Awards.”

Gudmundsson developed and wrote his first feature Heartstone (2017), a very personal story about two boys coming of age in a small Icelandic fishing village during a Cannes Cinefondation, a Paris residency programme.

After graduating from the  Icelandic Art Academy in Fine Art, he moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. His short films and feature debuts have been selected for more than 200 festivals and have won over 100 international awards.

“Commercial film making is built on collaboration, and working alongside creative agencies in different cultures is incredibly exciting.”

“Gudmundur shows a very strong voice in his work – it affects the heart and its vulnerability leaves a lasting impression,” said Prince. “I’m so excited to see what we will create together.”

Gudmundsson said: “The body of work coming out of The Sweet Shop is breathtaking. It’s work with real soul. The international nature of the company is a huge draw.

“I really believe that commercial film making is built on collaboration, and having the opportunity to work alongside creative agencies based in different countries and cultures is incredibly exciting for me.”

Gudmundsson will be available for scripts coming into The Sweet Shop’s seven offices in London, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Shanghai, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

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