The Deposit

The Deposit is a feature film by Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir. Based on the book ‘Deposit’ by Auður Jónsdóttir (In Pre-Production)

When Gisella becomes bankrupt, all she is left with is her lavish Reykjavik house that she inherited from her grandmother. Desperate for cash, she decides to let out two spare bedrooms in her home. Zulola, a Muslim woman from Uzbekistan who came to Iceland after being shunned by her family moves in. Abeba, an illegal immigrant from Eritrea, and her six-year- old daughter Luna take the second room.

Gisella sets the new tenants strict house rules and demands a deposit of three months rent up front, which the desperate women reluctantly agree to. An arrangement that begins well, soon develops into
Gisella’s worst nightmare, as she becomes increasingly threatened by the foreign influences that the women bring into her traditional home.

Gisella’s paranoia and control issues lead her to loose her sanity and her morals as she struggles to hold onto her house.

This is a drama with a social-political edge, and deals with the sensitivities and difficulties that arise when immigrants and locals mix. The story takes place in Iceland where immigration is a relatively new phenomenon.

The battle between the old and the more modern Reykjavik are explored in the film. Women who themselves immigrated to Iceland will be cast to play the lead roles alongside well known actress Elma Lisa Gunnarsd6ttir who will play Gisella.

The script to the film is based on Auður Jónsdóttir’s novel The Deposit (Tryggðarpantur) which received a nomination to the Icelandic Book Prize in 2006 and has been translated for the Scandinavian market.

The film has received production funding from the Icelandic Film Centre and aims to shoot in the autumn 2017.

Prodcuers: Eva Sigurðardóttir and Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir