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Paradigm Talent Agency Signs Icelandic Helmer Baldvin Z (EXCLUSIVE)

PARIS — Underscoring its ambition to tap into the growing Nordic filmmakers pool, Paradigm talent agency has signed Baldvin Z, an up-and-coming Nordic helmer whose sophomore feature “Life in a Fishbowl” repped Iceland in the foreign-language Oscar race.

On top of becoming Iceland’s highest-grossing local movie in 2014, “Life in a Fishbowl” won a record 12 Edda Awards (Iceland’s top film honor). The movie even surpassed Baltasar Kormákur’s “The Deep,” which won 11 Edda nods in 2013, and outearned all Hollywood movies, including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” at the Icelandic box office.

Set in pre-recession Iceland, the multilayered drama follows three characters leading double lives: a struggling single mother, an ex-footballer fast-tracking in the banking world and a troubled writer who has turned into a full-time drunk.

“Life in a Fishbowl” has already sparked interest to remake it a “True Detective”-inspired series that would introduce a new cast each season.

Baldvin Z is now collaborating with Kormákur on his next project and is co-directing the 10-part crime thriller drama “Trapped” for Kormakur’s Icelandic shingle RVK Studios. “Trapped” follows the investigation of a grisly murder in a small town that’s on a lockdown after getting hit by a powerful blizzard. Iceland’s most expensive and ambitious series ever, “Trapped” has already sold to the U.K.’s BBC and Germany’s ZDF, among other international channels.

Baldvin Z is the latest in a string of Nordic talent who have signed with Paradigm. These include actor-writer-showrunners Greg Poehler and Josephine Bornebusch (“Welcome to Sweden”); thesps Lena Olin; Gustaf Skarsgard (“Vikings”); Valter Skarsgard; Nanna “Oh Land” Fabricius (“The Salvation”); Birgitte Hjort Sorenson (“Borgen,” “Pitch Perfect 2”); Thorbjorn Harr (“Vikings,” “Younger”); Edda Magnason (“Monica Z”); Peter Franzen (“The Gunman”); Amalia Holm Bjelke (“Alena”); and writer-directors Ole Bornedal (“1864”); Jesper Ganslandt (“Apan”); Mads Matthiesen (“The Model”); Jens Jonnson (“Snabba Cash 3”); Per Hanefjord (“The Hidden Child”); Maria Karlsson (writer of the Snabba Cash trilogy), and Mans Marlind & Bjorn Stein (“Underworld: Awakening,” creators of “The Bridge”).


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