Blind Hummingbird Productions just released the trailer for Beast, a darker take on the classic fairy tale, shot entirely in Iceland.
“This is a feminine take on the hero’s journey,” says writer/director Max Gold. “Bell’s psychological journey inward is as much a focus as her harrowing quest through the Icelandic wilderness. Bell is fleeing a brutal past; she is contending with a lot of inner demons. She is a deeply flawed character and we don’t shy away from putting those flaws up on screen, but she is also extremely willful. Her will and courage ultimately carry her through.”
Beast stars Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, aka THE MOUNTAIN from HBO’s Game of Thrones alongside a completely Icelandic cast.
“Casting the film entirely Icelandic maintains an integrity of place that bleeds through the screen. Rather than rely on special effects, my visual team emphasizes the stunning landscape to catapult the audience head-on into this magic world.”
Bell is played by newcomer Berta Andrea and Beast is played by Icelandic model Ingi Hrafn. The film is shot by Cannes-showcased cinematographer, Ed Wu. Production Designer: Haisu Wang (Steven Spielberg’s The Pacific) Costume Designer: Ella Reynis (Game of Thrones).
Beast is written and directed by Max Gold, whose previous credits include the Golden Globe-nominated Arbitrage (2012). Gold’s commercials, short films and video art installations have received numerous accolades and international festival attention.
If you like what you see, please support Beast on Kickstarter.