Icelandic drama 'Odd Fish' currently filming

Odd Fish is being co-produced by Finland’s Solar Films and the Czech Republic’s Axman Production.

By Gabriella Geisinger 27 Nov 2023

Icelandic drama 'Odd Fish' currently filming
Odd Fish; Cr: The Icelandic Film Company

Producers Júlíus Kemp and Ingvar Þórðarson reunite with director Snævar Sölvason for Odd Fish, a drama set in a small community of Iceland’s northern Westfjords.

Filming is currently underway on the film, a drama centres on themes of identity and acceptance. 

Odd Fish follows two childhood friends Björn and Hjalti who run a popular seafood restaurant in a fishing village where they were born and raised. While Hjalti is a confident family man Björn is a reserved, single man who’s always lived in his parents’ house. 

When the pair suddenly get an opportunity to keep their fish restaurant going all year round, Björn comes out as a trans woman. Can his best friend overcome his prejudice and accept what truly matters in life?

Sölvason, who was inspired by growing up in a similar small fishing town, co-writes with trans writer Veiga Grétarsdóttir.

The film is a co-production between Finland’s Solar Films (Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre, Dark Floors) and Prague-based Axman Production, partner to the Icelandic producers’ 2014 hit Life in a Fishbowl.

The film has received support from the Icelandic Film Centre, Icelandic tax rebates and Nordisk Film & TV Fond, with a national release set for the spring 2024.

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