Ziegler & Sigurðardóttir is a production company creating
documentary shorts & features.

We are currently producing a feature documentary about Vopnafjörður,
an isolated fishing village in Iceland.

Vopnafjörður / Weaponfjord • Feature Documentary • In Production


In the middle of nowhere where most couldn’t even imagine living, the 687 people of Vopnafjörður village go about their daily lives and can’t think of a better place to call home.

Heated arguments about soccer and politics keep the community together as well as tearing it apart—a tension on which the villagers thrive. Weapon Fjord takes on this subtle drama in daily communication between the villagers as well as exploring the individual relationship which people develop with their home area. Being stuck within the same mountain range, the individuals of the tight community love undermining each other, and contending the attacks.

Vopnafjörður is in a state of transition from an old to a new way of life, with traditions either fading or being redefined in coherence with the villagers’ modern lifestyle. Coexisting in Vopnafjörður are the contrasting perspectives of our protagonist Hreinn, the last Shark Hunter in town, and the football oriented youth. Hreinn is the representative of tradition and history, remembering the time when the whole community gathered on the harbour excited about a catch of a 1000 kg Greenland Shark.

The youngsters are more worried about their social media profiles than activities at the harbour and their parents are stuck in the fish factory monitoring high-tech machines which have replaced their manual labour.

Where single individuals carry the responsibility of ensuring and defining the community’s future, the fear of depopulation leaves no one freed from the pressure of protecting the existence of the little village. The film explores the communal tensions that pull people to stay or push them to leave a place like Vopnafjörður, as well as looking at how people’s identity is profoundly linked to the fjord.

The film features shark hunter Hreinn Björgvinsson, his Faroese wife Linda, their son and harbour master Björgvin Hreinsson, fox hunter Jón Sigurðarson, ten year old farmer and performer Guðný Alma Haraldsdóttir, Hallgrímur Helgason feet-collector and craftsman, and various other Vopnafjörður characters.

The ethnographic documentary is set in and around Vopnafjörður, an isolated fishing village in North East Iceland located 90 km south of the Arctic Circle. The film focuses on how people’s daily activities shape the cultural setting of Vopnafjörður, and vice versa, how time, place and condition in this specific setting affect people’s activities.

Film Information

Running time: 55 / 80 min
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Original Format: Digital
Screening Format: DCP/ProRes Master
Language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English

Intended release: February 2016
Production company: Ziegler & Sigurðardóttir
Producers: Karna Sigurðardóttir & Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir

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Z&S was established by Sebastian Ziegler and Karna Sigurðardóttir in 2009 and along with the feature about Vopnafjörður it has primarily been focused on creating short documentaries and artist profiles. Past projects include a fashion documentary about Helen Rödel shot in Sao Paulo, Brazil that premiered at Berlin Fashion Film Festival (2013) and a documentary about designer Max Lamb working in East Iceland (2014) which was a part of the winning project of the Icelandic Design Award in 2014.

Z&S was also in charge of cinematography for a feature length documentary about the International Space Orchestra directed by Nelly Ben-Hayoun shot in NASA Ames, California and premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam (2013) and cinematography and audio recording for No Idiots Allowed, a feature documentary about a heavy metal festival in Iceland.

Clients and collaborators include Iceland Design Centre, Duo Harpverk, Vopnafjörður Council, Spark Design Space, MAKE by Þorpið, PyroPet Candles, MUJI Japan, and Iceland National Culinary Team.

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+354 786 8560

Karna Sigurðardóttir
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