It's important for cinema to keep on evolving: for people, and not only teenagers, to be able to go to a movie that has huge epic scope but has an intellectual and real story to tell.
In Iceland, the weather is the biggest character you deal with every day. There's nothing more relevant in your life than what kind of weather it is.
I consider myself more a European director who is from Iceland than an Icelandic director.
I developed 'Trapped' because I was fascinated with the idea of a terrible crime in a small town cut off from the rest of the world.
If you make a film too American, it won't travel. It will have no life outside of its own country.
People talk about Hollywood as a myth, but in reality, when you make Icelandic movies and you want to get them distributed in the U.S., you're not really working with Hollywood. The movies I've been making, the first one I made, I made it with Working Title, but it was financed through Universal, so it became a Hollywood production.