Iceland’s ‘Honor’ ready to roll

Nobel-winning author's daughter adapts short story

AMSTERDAM — Lensing will begin in early August on Icelandic director Gudny Halldorsdottir’s “Honor of the House,” a screen adaptation of one of the works that won her father, Halldor Laxness, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.

Laxness, the only Icelander ever to receive the prize, died last month at the age of 95. During his lifetime he wrote more than 70 novels; “Honor of the House,” penned more than 60 years ago, was one of his few short stories.

“All of his works were about beauty, either given or taken away,” Halldorsdottir told Daily Variety. “Honor of the House,” she added, is a tale of “a beautiful character destroyed by her older sister’s code of honor.”

The $2.2 million costume drama, set around 1910, is a co production between Halldorsdottir’s company, Umbi Prods., and Denmark’s Nordisk Film Prods.

Set to wrap in early 1999, it is the second film Halldorsdottir, one of Iceland’s more established film and TV directors, has made based on adaptations of her father’s works. The prize-winning “Under the Glacier,” adapted from one of Laxness’ better-known novels, was released in 1988.

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