Katla (TV series)

Katla (stylized as KATLA) is an Icelandic mystery-drama television series created by Baltasar Kormákur and Sigurjón Kjartansson, and written by Kjartansson (episodes 1, 4, and 8), Davíð Már Stefánsson (episodes 3, 5, 6, and 7), and Lilja Sigurðardóttir (episode 2). It is directed by Kormákur (episodes 1, 2, 3, and 8), Börkur Sigþórsson (episodes 5, 6, and 7), and Þóra Hilmarsdóttir (episode 4). The show premiered on 17 June 2021 on Netflix.[1]

Katla
Genre
Created by
Written by
  • Sigurjón Kjartansson
  • Davíð Már Stefánsson
  • Lilja Sigurðardóttir
Directed by
  • Baltasar Kormákur
  • Börkur Sigþórsson
  • Þóra Hilmarsdóttir
Starring
ComposerHögni Egilsson
Country of originIceland
Original languages
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Producers
  • Agnes Johansen
  • Baltasar Kormákur
  • Magnús Viðar Sigurðsson
CinematographyBergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Editors
  • Sigurður Eyþórsson
  • Sigvaldi J. Kárason
Production companyRVK Studios
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release17 June 2021 (2021-06-17)

SynopsisEdit

A year after an eruption of the Katla volcano began, only a few people remain in the nearby town of Vík, persisting despite choking ash. An ash-caked woman who apparently disappeared twenty years earlier appears in the village, looking as she did back then. More ash-caked people who died in the past arrive in Vík, creating a paradox for those who knew them and reviving legends of "changelings". Meanwhile, a volcanologist from Reykjavík discovers the remains of a meteorite buried in the glacier, while having to deal emotionally with the reappearance of his dead son. Through their interactions with the "changelings", the inhabitants of Vík are forced to find their own ways of dealing with their unresolved issues from the past.

Cast and charactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [2]
1"From Under the Glacier"
(Icelandic: Undan Jöklinum)
Baltasar Kormákur[2]Sigurjón Kjartansson17 June 2021 (2021-06-17)
A year after Katla's eruption, the shattered survivors are still grappling with the aftermath. Suddenly, an ash-caked woman appears on the glacier. She is taken to the hospital and reveals herself to be a Swedish woman named Gunhild.
2"Ása"Baltasar KormákurLilja Sigurðardóttir17 June 2021 (2021-06-17)
Another ash-caked woman appears; she is Ása, Gríma's sister, thought to have been dead. An older Gunhild flies in from Sweden.
3"The Mother"
(Icelandic: Móðirin)
Baltasar KormákurDavíð Már Stefánsson17 June 2021 (2021-06-17)
4"This Is Not Him"
(Icelandic: Þetta er ekki hann)
Þóra HilmarsdóttirSigurjón Kjartansson17 June 2021 (2021-06-17)
5"Northerly Winds"
(Icelandic: Norðanátt)
Börkur SigþórssonTBA17 June 2021 (2021-06-17)
6"Gríma"Börkur SigþórssonTBA17 June 2021 (2021-06-17)
7"The Rock"
(Icelandic: Steinninn)
Börkur SigþórssonTBA17 June 2021 (2021-06-17)
8"I Am You"
(Icelandic: Ég er þú)
Baltasar KormákurTBA17 June 2021 (2021-06-17)

DevelopmentEdit

In October 2019, it was reported that RVK Studios was developing a series based on a supernatural volcano drama for Netflix,[3] directed by Baltasar Kormákur and Sigurjón Kjartansson.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Khan, Iram Sharifah (27 May 2021). "Katla: Release date and cast for Icelandic series on Netflix revealed". HITC. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Katla – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  3. ^ White, Peter (9 October 2019). "Netflix Scales Supernatural Volcano In 'Katla' With 'Everest' Director Baltasar Kormákur". Deadline. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  4. ^ "About Netflix - KATLA - GROUNDED SCI-FI FROM ACCLAIMED ICELANDIC DIRECTOR BALTASAR KORMÁKUR". About Netflix. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Rising from the ashes". Drama Quarterly.

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