‘The Damned’ First Look: Odessa Young and Joe Cole Endure a Cruel Winter in Upcoming Horror Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety has a first look at “The Damned,” the upcoming psychological horror starring Odessa Young (“Mothering Sunday,” “The Staircase”) and Joe Cole (“Gangs of London,” “A Small Light”).

From director Thordur Palsson (“The Valhalla Murders”) and writer Jamie Hannigan, the film, which shot in Iceland last year, follows Eva (Young), a 19th-century widow who is tasked with making an impossible choice when a ship sinks off the coast of her isolated fishing outpost in the middle of an especially cruel winter. According to the synopsis, “Eva and her crew must choose between rescuing the shipwrecked and prioritising their own survival. Facing the consequences of their choice and tormented by their guilt, the inhabitants wrestle with a mounting sense of dread and begin to believe they are all being punished for their choices.”

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Alongside Young and Cole, the cast also includes Siobhan Finneran (“Happy Valley,” “The Stranger”), Rory McCann (“Game of Thrones,” “Slow West”), Turlough Convery (“Killing Eve,” “Belfast”), Lewis Gribben (“Somewhere Boy,” “Generation Z”), Francis Magee (“KIN,” “The Tourist”), Mícheál Óg Lane (“The Guard,” “Calvary”) and Andrean Sigurgeirsson (“A Song Called Hate,” “When We Are Born”).

Protagonist Pictures, who arranged financing for the film, are handling worldwide sales. The company is co-repping US rights with CAA Media Finance.

“The Damned” is produced by Emilie Jouffroy and Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl for Elation Pictures, John Keville and Conor Barry for Wild Atlantic Pictures and Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page and Nate Kamiya producing for Ley Line Entertainment. The co-producers are Iceland’s Join Motion Pictures and Belgium’s Wrong Men.

Protagonist Pictures executive produced the picture with CEO Dave Bishop and CCO George Hamilton serving as executive producers alongside Luane Gauer.

Ley Line Entertainment financed, alongside BCP. David Darby and Lauren Shelton are the executive producers for Ley Line, John Gleeson and Oisin O’Neill for BCP and Niamh Fagan for Screen Ireland. The film has received support from Screen Ireland, Wallimage and the U.K. Global Screen Fund.

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