Olaf de Fleur Johannesson

Director

Personal Info

  • Birth Name: Ólafur Jóhannesson

Biography

Olaf de Fleur studied physics in Reykjavik, graduating in 1995. Since then he has participated in numerous film projects, including both feature and documentary films. After working for two years for a production company, focusing primarily on TV documentaries, he founded the independent production company Poppoli Pictures. Headed by Johannesson as director and producer, the team created Blindsker that won the “Best Documentary” in the Icelandic Film Awards 2004 and Africa United that won the same prize in 2005. He was nominated as the best Icelandic Filmmaker in 2005 and 2006 at cultural DV (newspaper) awards and best director in 2005 at the Icelandic Film Awards. Selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2003 and 2004. Olaf and his team have finished filming Act Normal, a documentary following an English Buddhist monk who decides to disrobe and get married, shot in Iceland and Thailand between 1995-2006. Johannesson is currently working on The Amazing Truth about Queen Raqauela, a feature produced by his own company, Poppoli Pictures, with Nimbus Films (dk) Blueeyes Productions (is). The film tells the story of a naïve, but street smart Filipino ladyboy – a career prostitute who decides to travel to Paris to find love and acceptance, but ends up working at a fish factory in Iceland. After that Olaf is preparing for the Icelandic feature “The Higher Force” in January 2007 along with developing the feature “Diary of a Circledrawer” with Screenwriter Stefan Schaefer for filming in early 2008.

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