Courtesy Metfilm Sales
Metfilm Sales has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Iceland, to Smriti Gunn and Logi Sigursvensson’s directorial debut “The Home Game”, which won the audience award at both Nordisk Panorama and the Icelandic Documentary Film Fest Skjeldborg.
The film will have its North American premiere at DOCNYC this week and the Metfilm team will present it to buyers at IDFA.
Twenty-five years ago, in a small fishing village in Iceland (pop.: 369), a man built a football field at the foot of a volcano, dreaming of playing home games in the national FA Cup. The team was given an away match and lost 10–0. No one ever sets foot on the home pitch. Twenty-five years later, a boy revived his father’s dream – playing a home game and losing by less than 10 goals.
“The Home Game” is produced by Stephanie Thorpe, Heather Millard, Elfer Edelsteins and Freyja Kristinsdottir, and is a Silfurskjaar and The Friars production. The cast includes Kari Widarsson, Vidar Gilfasson, Freidis Bjarnadóttir and Gunnar Örn Arnarsson.
“Smri and Logi have created a unique film that will bring warmth and happiness to anyone who watches it. It was great to see this Icelandic gem light up the Nordisk panorama and take the audience’s prize. We are really excited to bring this to the international market,” said Mitch Clair, international sales manager of Metfilm Sales.
“We are thrilled to team up with Metfilm on our international journey with ‘The Home Game’. Thorpe said, MetFilm Sales is the perfect partner with this heartfelt underdog story and an understanding of its universal appeal.
Metfilm Sales’ slate also includes Swedish festival hit “The Gulzpang Miracle,” directed by Maria Fredriksson, Edward Lovelace’s “Name Me True” and Red Bull Studios’ “Riders on the Storm.”