Visit from celebrated author SJÓN

Two weeks ago the students of Tími had the pleasure of hosting SJÓN in our class. Over the last few months the students of  Sjónlistadeild have been adapting SJÓN’s Mánasteinn – Drengurinn sem aldrei var til (Moonstone – The Boy Who Never Was) into a short super 8mm silent film.

SJÓN spoke with us about his cinematic inspirations such as the fact that Mary Poppins is one of his favorite films. He talked about how seeing the film here in Reykjavik as a 6 year old was one of his earliest, most profound memories.

SJÓN was kind enough to watch the work in progress of the student’s Mánasteinn adaptation. He really liked the film so far and was very encouraging of the project in general. It was a incredibly inspiring talk about film, modern art, literature, and Reykjavik’s history. At the end of the class he shared with the us his top 3 favorite Icelandic films. Scroll down to see the rough cut of the film, a copy of the shooting script adaptation, as well as links to the three extremely rare Icelandic film titles that SJÓN shared with us.

Work is progress of the short film Mánasteinn

Mánasteinn script adapataion

Links to SJÓN’s 3 favorite Icelandic films:

Kristín Jóhannesdóttir – Á hjara veraldar AKA Rainbow’s End (1983)

In Iceland, on the borders of the inhabitable world, three people are searching for the rainbow’s end, groping towards the frontiers of their dreams and aspirations: the mother, who never became a singer, eking out a living by knitting; the daughter, embarking on a brilliant parliamentary career only to find herself campaigning to flood her ancestral home, the valley where her mother was born; and the son, living a marginal existence which for him has become reality, and resorting to the occult in order to regain his lover, who has been driven to suicide by despair.

Separated from each other by their situations and yet thrust together by the impetus of their lives, these three wage a bitter struggle marked by memories and forebodings. The mother is haunted by an insistent past which pervades her present: the daughter is torn by a boundless energy which she cannot channel: while the son, befogged by his consuming faith in the irrational, attempts in despair to recover from death the forces of love and life. At the focus of these two domains, the supernatural and the powers of nature combine to weave their destinies.

Viðar Víkingsson – Draugasaga AKA Ghost Story (1985)

A young student starts working as a night watchman in the Icelandic TV-house which is supposed to be haunted. Together with a make-up girl working there, he pretends to be a red-haired ghost. But what started out as a joke, soon becomes no laughing matter.

Hrafn Gunnlaugsson – Blóðrautt sólarlag AKA The Crimson Sunset (1977)

Early TV horror film by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. Two city folk go on a trip to deserted villages around the country, laden with spirits, guns, and other ammunition. The trip is intended as an outing in nature, but quickly the journey turns into pure horror.

One thought on “Visit from celebrated author SJÓN

  1. Á hjara veraldar… The title alone says it all! I totally agree that this is “The very best Icelandic feature film ever”! But Moonstone is knocking in the door… Hrafn and Viðar must be stretching for their fingernails…


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