Everest and Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur, along with his production company RVK Studios, have officially opened a large film studio near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, the first step towards the launch of Reykjavik Studios, a full-service production facility and ‘film village’. The studio is a 3,200 m² space with a highest point of 18m. Spanning 20,000m of land, Icelandic director Kormakur has spent the last two years in between shoots working on the larger Studio project. The next phase of construction will add private offices, dressing and wardrobe rooms, meeting areas, sun decks, cafeterias and parking, making it one of the largest production studios in Scandinavia. The film village is also due to have a residential area along with hotels. Movies shot in Iceland in recent years include Fast & Furious 8, Letters From Iwo Jima and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kormakur’s upcoming adventure movie Adrift stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.

IMAX and Cinépolis subsidiary Cinépolis India have struck a deal for nine IMAX theaters in India. Four of the venues will be located in new complexes in the cities of Bangalore, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.  The pact brings IMAX’s theater count in the country to 40, with 15 currently open and 25 contracted to open. “We continue to make significant progress in India where IMAX’s 2017 box office increased 78% over the previous year and we have signed 14 new theatres in the span of weeks. I am optimistic that our strong box office performance, which we believe is being driven by a greater audience appetite for Hollywood content as well as IMAX’s programing of more Indian films, coupled with the increased pace of multiplex development in the market will provide continued momentum as we look to build out the IMAX brand nationwide,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond.

Crash and The Fly director David Cronenberg is to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 75th Venice Film Festival (Aug 29-Sept 8). Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, screened in Competition at Venice in 2011. Crash, Spider, A History Of Violence,  Cosmopolis and his most recent film Maps To The Stars all played in Competition at Cannes.