Screen can reveal the first trailer for Rúnar Rúnarsson’s third feature Echo, which has its world premiere in the International Competition at Locarno Film Festival (August 7-17).
Set at Christmastime in Iceland, the film uses 56 scenes to create a portrait of modern society. Settings include an abandoned farm on fire in the countryside; a children’s choir singing carols; and a young girl making her grandmother try a new virtual reality headset.
French sales agent Jour2Fête is handling sales on the film, and will distribute it in France.
Producers are Live Hide and Rúnarsson for Nimbus Iceland, and Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir for the country’s Pegasus Pictures.
Rúnarsson previously directed Volcano, which premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011, and Sparrows, which won San Sebastian’s Golden Shell in 2015. He was also a script consultant on Grímur Hákonarson’s 2015 hit Rams.