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Utopia is pleased to announce that The Seer and the Unseen an award-winning feature documentary and magic realist fable about invisible elves, financial markets and the power of belief, is set for release on AppleTV & Altavod this month on August 17th, 2021.
From Independent Spirit Award nominated director Sara Dosa and Academy-award nominated producer Shane Boris (The Edge of Democracy), The Seer and the Unseen weaves a tale about invisible elves, financial collapse and the surprising power of belief, told through the story of an Icelandic grandmother who speaks on behalf of nature under threat. Through her story, the film explores invisible forces – be they spirits of nature or the market – that shape our visible worlds and transform our natural landscapes.
Set against the spectacular landscape of Iceland, The Seer and the Unseen follows Ragnhildur “Ragga” Jónsdóttir, a grandmother and “seer” who has the ability to communicate directly with a parallel realm of elves – invisible spirits of nature that over half of Iceland believes in. As a respected seer, government officials, businesses and individuals ask Ragga to consult the elves to learn where they can and cannot develop land. But not everyone listens. The elves enlist Ragga to help save an ecologically important lava field set to be razed by road construction – just one of the many needless development projects spurred by Iceland’s sensational financial meltdown in 2008. The Seer of the Unseen follows Ragga’s fight to protect this elfin landscape, exploring the human relationships to nature, economy and the enchanting power of belief.
Director/producer Sara Dosa said: “When I first learned about Ragga, I not only thought that she was a delightful, strong and wise person who’d make for an inspiring protagonist for a film, but also that her story provided an unexpected conduit to exploring the belief in invisible forces: be they invisible elves or the ‘invisible hand of the free market,’ to call upon Adam Smith’s original phrase. By juxtaposing these systems of belief, I wanted to make a film about what humans choose to see: the spirits of the land who beckon protection for the environment or the valuations of an economic logic capable of producing gross inequality, environmental destruction and that bankrupted Iceland (among many others). My hope is that the film can show the power of these unseen forces and reveal not just what is worth seeing but what is worth saving.”
Featuring original music by Tara Atkinson, Giosuè Greco and Dan Romer, with cinematography by Patrick Kollman and editing by Erin Casper, The Seer and the Unseen is a Signpost Pictures production in association with Cottage M, Austan Mána and Compass Films. Utopia is handling worldwide sales (excluding Iceland) and will release the film domestically in North America on AppleTV and Altavod on August 17th, 2021.