Saturday, April 11, 2015
I did a small interview in Fréttatíminn on "Causality", the sci-fi film script I'm currently developing.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
I'm working on a sci-fi script with a friend of mine, Icelandic director and producer Davíð Óskar Ólafsson. It's called "Causality" and takes place in New York, both in modern times and in the year 2044.
We asked Pétur Atli Antonsson, an Icelandic illustrator and concept artist, to draw some pictures based on the story. Here are two of them, and I really like them both. Above is New York in 2044. Below is a mental hospital in the future, where patients are kept in virtual reality machines.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Recently I wrote a short piece on Hannah Arendt for a website-in-progress that focuses on women and women's ideas through the centuries. It's in Icelandic.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Someone took the time to create a special English Wikipedia-page about my thriller Hnífur Abrahams from 2007 (still only in Icelandic and Dutch, although a Spanish translation exists, still waiting to be published). It has a very thorough synopsis of the story. Thanks to whoever was so generous with his/her time!
Friday, February 20, 2015
I was in Barcelona on Wednesday, taking part in something called "Icelandic Days" in the city. The Icelandic writer Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and me presented our books and answered questions about Iceland and Icelandic literature.
Here's a picture from the event. The man standing to the left is Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the president of Iceland.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Here are the other two radio programs I was in charge of in January. In this one I played music from all around the world, and in this one I only played music from last year. Enjoy.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
I'm in charge of a music program on Rás 1 (The National Radio) in January, where I'm basically free to play any music I want. There will be four episodes in total, and two are already finished.
Here's the first one, where I play music that influenced me in my youth and college years.
And here's the second one, where I play music connected to my work. Enjoy.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Una, a screenplay by me based on my novella from 2012, has been awarded round three screenwriting grant from The Icelandic Film Centre. More here, in the website of Icelandic production company Tenderlee.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Here's an article about Iceland's rising film scene. Two film projects I'm working on are mentioned at the end.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I just found out that I'm mentioned in a crime fiction anthology by Barry Forshaw, published last summer, called Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film & TV.
I'm, perhaps not surprisingly, in the Scandinavian chapter. Referred to as a half Czech-half Icelandic writer waiting to be translated into English. Very honored.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
A film project I've been helping Marteinn Thorsson and Guðní Líndal Benediktsson to develop, called Protos, has been chosen to enter the B'EST workshop (Baltic East by West Producers' Workshop). More here.
Protos is a dystopian sci-fi movie about a woman suffering from amnesia that finds herself in an alien planet, with a difficult task to solve. The first workshop will be held in Tallinn in November, and the second one in Moscow in June next year.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The movie Borgríki 2: Blóð hraustra manna premiered in Iceland last weekend. It follows the same storyline as my thriller from last year, Blóð hraustra manna. Here are further information about the movie, trailers, news, and reviews. It's currently number one at Iceland's box office.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Last weekend I was in Diario de Sevilla, the biggest newspaper in Andalucía, talking about many different things. It's in Spanish.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The Macedonian publishing house "Antolog", based in Skopje, has bought the publication rights to Hnífur Abrahams (Abraham's Knife). Needless to say, I'm thrilled to see my work appear in other languages, especially the ones I don't understand a word in! As is the case with Macedonian.
Friday, September 5, 2014
I've been awfully quiet here the last weeks, but that doesn't mean I've not been working. In fact, I've never been so busy before, since I'm currently working on three different screenplays. I hope I can bring you some news on them in the not so distant future.
For now, let me just say that one script is about a group of American geologists, one is about an Icelandic woman and her lost boy, and one is an English biopic about one of the most famous philosophers of the 20th century.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Una, the movie adaptation of my ghost-story novella, also titled Una, got its second grant from the Icelandic Film Centre the other day. The penned director, Marteinn Thorsson, and me are thrilled about it, and we've started working on the full-feature script. If everything goes as planned, shooting could start late next year. More on this later.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I did a small side project the other day. In short, I "rewrote" the The Gospel of John (Jóhannesarguðspjall), making Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene change roles, so instead of Jesus walking on water, being crucified, and so on, it's Mary. I also changed the gender of God, some of "Mary's" apostles, and did some other alterations to the ancient text.
Forlagið published it as an ebook. It can also be purchased here.
Here are some interviews and some news about the book, everything in Icelandic: Pressan, DV, and Fréttablaðið.
Monday, April 21, 2014
I came across this nice critique about Le Sang d'Odin, which ends by saying: "A beautiful discovery that I recommend". It's always pleasing to hear from a happy reader.