Aug 25 2011

Friends finish movie as tribute to actor

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

(JB) The friends of a young actor and film maker who died in a tragic accident are to finish his movie.

Finnur Dor Thordarson, 32, died on August 13 when he fell 30 metres from a viewing platform on the Montée de Clausen.

In tribute to their late friend, a group of four people have pledged to complete the movie Das Fest, in which the Icelandic national was involved.

Co-producer Raoul Schmitz explained: “We started shooting this film in February this year so that we could screen it at the Icelandic community in Luxembourg’s Icelandic night. We were under so much pressure- we were producing and editing the movie in two weeks.

“We screened a rough version but it was always in our minds to finish the movie when Finnur was still alive. Then, when the accident happened, within minutes of hearing about it, I thought we needed to do something. I’m not so good with words but I’m good with images. So, I thought we should finish Finnur’s movie.”

Das Fest draws on real-life events, including the Icelandic financial crisis, to make an ironic comment on the Icelandic community in Luxembourg.

The controversial movie, which divided audiences when it was screened earlier this year, currently stands at 45 minutes but is expected to be extended. It focuses on money-obsessed Boi, played by Finnur, who will stop at nothing to get rich.

When Boi is asked by his boss to hold a dinner party, he invites reality TV show Bon Appetit to film the exclusive affair. But, not all goes according to plan.

Raoul explained that the film was shot in the homes of the Icelandic ex-pat community living in Luxembourg. Written and conceived by Páll Eyjólfsson and produced by Hrefna Einarsdóttir, it follows a loose script and relied largely on improvisational dialogue.

Raoul said: “The film is a collaboration between four people. Finnur acted but he gave us a lot of ideas too. He gave the movie a certain direction by what he said and how he shaped the dialogue.”

Raoul plans to dedicate time this October to shooting new scenes and post production on the film.

The goal is to present a polished version of Das Fest for a small screening involving friends and colleagues of Finnur’s.

Raoul is considering getting it screened during Luxembourg’s Discovery Zone film festival in 2012 and hopes to sell it in DVD format, the proceeds of which will be donated to an organisation providing artistic activities for disabled children.

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

(JB) The friends of a young actor and film maker who died in a tragic accident are to finish his movie.

Finnur Dor Thordarson, 32, died on August 13 when he fell 30 metres from a viewing platform on the Montée de Clausen.

In tribute to their late friend, a group of four people have pledged to complete the movie Das Fest, in which the Icelandic national was involved.

Co-producer Raoul Schmitz explained: “We started shooting this film in February this year so that we could screen it at the Icelandic community in Luxembourg’s Icelandic night. We were under so much pressure- we were producing and editing the movie in two weeks.

“We screened a rough version but it was always in our minds to finish the movie when Finnur was still alive. Then, when the accident happened, within minutes of hearing about it, I thought we needed to do something. I’m not so good with words but I’m good with images. So, I thought we should finish Finnur’s movie.”

Das Fest draws on real-life events, including the Icelandic financial crisis, to make an ironic comment on the Icelandic community in Luxembourg.

The controversial movie, which divided audiences when it was screened earlier this year, currently stands at 45 minutes but is expected to be extended. It focuses on money-obsessed Boi, played by Finnur, who will stop at nothing to get rich.

When Boi is asked by his boss to hold a dinner party, he invites reality TV show Bon Appetit to film the exclusive affair. But, not all goes according to plan.

Raoul explained that the film was shot in the homes of the Icelandic ex-pat community living in Luxembourg. Written and conceived by Páll Eyjólfsson and produced by Hrefna Einarsdóttir, it follows a loose script and relied largely on improvisational dialogue.

Raoul said: “The film is a collaboration between four people. Finnur acted but he gave us a lot of ideas too. He gave the movie a certain direction by what he said and how he shaped the dialogue.”

Raoul plans to dedicate time this October to shooting new scenes and post production on the film.

The goal is to present a polished version of Das Fest for a small screening involving friends and colleagues of Finnur’s.

Raoul is considering getting it screened during Luxembourg’s Discovery Zone film festival in 2012 and hopes to sell it in DVD format, the proceeds of which will be donated to an organisation providing artistic activities for disabled children.

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