KESHET INTERNATIONAL OBTAINS RIGHTS TO GLASSRIVERS’ “JOURNEY”

Originally commissioned for Stöð 2, Channel 2, the Icelandic comedy serves as one of three KI titles selected for Series Mania, alongside “Furia” and “Pørni.” Written by Vikingur Kristjansson, it will also form part of Keshet's growing catalog of foreign language content.

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Keshet International has acquired Glassriver’s Icelandic comedy drama "Journey" for its growing slate of international foreign-language content."We are thrilled to be collaborating with Keshet International on our very special series “Journey,” Hordur Runarsson, producer and co-owner of Glassriver,  said. “Baldvin Z’s brilliant approach gives the series a unique feeling that’s going to make it stand out in the marketplace and KI is the perfect partner to take it out around the world with us.” 

Originally commissioned for Iceland’s commercial broadcaster “Stöð 2” Channel 2, “Journey” is produced by Glassriver and stars Olafur Darri Ólafsson and Víkingur Kristjáns. The scenic six-part comedy drama is written by Vikingur Kristjansson and filmed during lockdown by director Baldvin Z.  “We are thrilled to be adding Glassriver’s “Journey” to our hand-picked slate of foreign-language dramas,” Anke Stoll, KI’s VP of Acquisitions and Co-productions, said.

 The global content producer and distributor will officially launch the road trip comedy at this August’s Series Mania, where “Journey” will receive its international premiere as part of the Forum Exclusives.  Other KI titles selected by Series Mania for this year’s event in Lille include “Furia” and “Pørni,” which have been shortlisted for its International and Panorama competitions respectively. “This is a beautifully constructed romp-of-a-road trip that not only showcases the mystical beauty of Iceland, but also introduces us to two very rich and entertaining characters that I’m sure will resonate and connect with many,”  Runarsson said. “As viewers and platforms everywhere continue to open up to stories from different corners of the globe, it’s an exciting time to be a distributor.”   

"Journey” is a six-part comedy drama that offers a wonderfully scenic escape around Europe’s least populated country. Two middle-aged men who’ve lost their way tackle their most intimate feelings on a road trip through the strikingly diverse and mystical Westfjords of Iceland. One has lost his connection with reality in the wake of his success, while the other is at rock bottom after having lost everything he holds dear.  Keshet will soon confirm additional international scripted acquisitions as part of its next virtual preview event for buyers this fall.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Keshet International on our very special series 'Journey.' Baldvin Z’s brilliant approach gives the series a unique feeling that’s going to make it stand out in the marketplace and KI is the perfect partner to take it out around the world with us.” Hordur Runarsson Producer, Co-owner, Glassriver