Must know: Grimar Jonsson founded Icelandic production company Netop in 1998 and has grown more active since 2013, teaming up with Thor co-owner/producer Tjorvi Thorsson in 2018. Company milestones include Grimur Hakonarson’s Rams winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2015 and sold in more than 50 territories. Other notable mainline productions include Arni Sveinsson’s documentary The coach and Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson Under the tree. The company also recently co-produced a sci-fi love story Eternal by Ulaa Salim. About his work in Iceland, Jonsson observes: “There is such a positive energy, the film industry here is getting stronger and stronger.”
Key personnel: Grimar Jonsson and Thor Tjorvi Thorsson, producers and co-owners.
Incoming: by Sigurdson Nordic comfort is in office. The Netop development list includes Fires, Love and Other Disasters, an adaptation of Sigridur Hagalin’s novel Björnsdottir with a screenplay by writer/director Ugla Hauksdottir; epic The blessed war (written and directed by Hakonarson, with co-writing by Otto Geir Borg) in development as a feature film and episodic project; and Egil’s silver, a family drama/thriller directed by Sigurdsson.
Grimar Jonsson says: “One of the main challenges facing European producers is to constantly adapt to the ever-changing market when it comes to developing, financing, producing and releasing films.”
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