Icelandic series Katla unites science and folklore

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The Brazilian viewer and reader almost always remember the Iceland through a few icons: the verse collections known as kenningar, worshiped by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, the epic poem Edda (13th century) and the singer Björk. A new vision of Iceland becomes more accessible to viewers from over 160 countries.

On June 17, 2021, Katla, the first Icelandic series originally produced by Netflix. Baltasar Kormákur signs the direction and shares the co-creation with writer and producer Sigurjón Kjartansson. The excellent script is signed by Davíð Már Stefánsson and Lilja Sigurðardóttir, and has collaborations with the creators.

Katla is a volcano located in southern Iceland that erupts every 50 to 80 years. It is partially covered by the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and lies east of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The nearest village is to the north and is called Vík í Mýrdal.

In the series, Katla erupted and Vík had to be evacuated. Amidst an ocean of ashes, only a few are left resigned. One event aggravates the situation: the appearance of a naked stranger, covered in ash, who identifies herself as Gunhild (Aliette Opheim).

The protagonist Gríma, played by artist and singer Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð, becomes one of the main investigators of the enigmas that start to emerge in the village. Because? Because her sister Ása (Iris Tanja Flygenring), dead for a year, reappears in the same condition. The sisters’ childhood, marked by their mother’s suicide, is represented in flashbacks by actresses Agata Árnadóttir and Kolfinna Orradóttir, respectively.