STAYING ALIVE

By Fridrik Thor FRIDRIKSSON

LJOSBAND EHF. - as PROD

Drama - Pre-Production 2013

Magdalena (43) is leading a secluded life, and still stuck deep in the closet. Her job is her sole source of pride and joy but she’s laid off. To kill time during her unemployment she starts frequenting the funerals of strangers. At one of the funerals she runs into Greta, her teenage sweetheart.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Drama, Comedy
    • Countries
    • ICELAND
    • Languages
    • ICELANDIC
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Fridrik Thor FRIDRIKSSON
    • Writer(s)
    • Bardi GUDMUNDSSON
    • Producer(s)
    • Anna Maria KARLSDOTTIR (Ljosband ehf), Hrönn KRISTINSDOTTIR (Ljosband ehf)
    • Synopsis
    • In 1972 Magdalena (18), a shy and artistic girl, is expelled from boarding school after being caught making out with her rich and popular girlfriend Greta (18).
      25 years later (1997), Magdalena is still living with the aunt who raised her, leading a very secluded and dull life, and still stuck deep in the closet. Her job at a sewing factory is her sole source of pride and joy – she's been Employee of the Month for 25 years straight – but now the factory has hit on hard times and is shut down.
      To kill time during her unemployment, and stave off any soul-searching, Magdalena starts frequenting the funerals of total strangers. Her mentors in this new undertaking are mean-spireted blabbermouths and veteran funeral crashers, twin sisters Bibi and Blaka.
      At one of the funerals they run into Greta, who has just recently come out to her children following the death of her husband. She is good looking, well off and still popular, now also amongst lesbians – Greta is trying to make up for a lifetime of sexual compromise, fast.
      However, Greta has carried a torch for Magdalena since they were teenagers, and this flame is rekindled upon seeing her again. Greta tries hard to woo Magdalena, who is dumbstruck and frightened by her advances, and refuses to acknowledge her own feelings for Greta. She plunges headlong into her new, morbid hobby, dodging Greta untill she gives up on her.
      But as a tragedy in a Paris road tunnel shocks the world, Magdalena finally decides she must come to terms with her own feelings, and seize her second chance. Magdalena prepares to win back the girl of her dreams, as the world prepares for the biggest funeral of all time.
    • Partners & financing
    • Icelandic Film Centre - letter of intent US 640.000,-
      Tax credits Iceland US 256.000,-
      50% of finance in place as of May 2012. Seeking co-production partners and a World Sales Agent
    • Production schedule
    • Pre Production May 2012-June 2013
      Shooting July-August 2013
      Scheduled delivery February 2014
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 01, 2013
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