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Swann Arlaud (Anatomy Of A Fall) signs on to star in survival thriller “Sukkwan island” for mk2 exclusive.

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Anatomy Of A Fall’s Swann Arlaud will star in Sukkwan Island, a psychological thriller from French director Vladimir de Fontenay that mk2 has boarded for sales.

Woody Norris, known for C’mon C’mon, co stars in the film about father and son who are on a journey for survival deep within the Norwegian fjords. The film was shot in three parts in Norway to match the rhythm of the seasons. Additional filming will take place between Glasgow and Norway in May.

France’s Haut et Court will produce and release Sukkwan islandin France. Co-producers include Norway’s Maipo Film, Belgium’s Versus Production and the UK’s Good Chaos.

Set on the remote Sukkwan Island, the 13-year-old boy and his father attempt to rekindle their relationship following a life-altering experience from a decade earlier, but end up swept in a fight for their lives as they battle inner turmoil and the raw power of the elements.

De Fontenay adapted the script from US author David Vann’s semi-autobiographical set of stories ‘Legend of a Suicide’. The writer-director’s next film is Mobile Home starring Imogen and Callum Turner, which premiered at Directors’ Fortnight 2021. The cast includes Ruaridh Molica, Alma Poysti and Tuppence Midton.

mk2 films managing director Fionnuala Jamison told Screen the family drama both “questions the construction of masculinity and inheritance, fear, abandonment and grief” and is “a shocking face-off and psychological drama that turns into a thriller set against the backdrop of a sublime yet hostile natural environment.” She adds that de Fontenay has “a unique way of capturing authentic and powerful human emotion.”

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