Eva Maria Daniels, the Icelandic producer and movie competition favourite behind such current indie dramas as What Maisie Knew, Maintain the Darkish and Joe Bell, has died. She was 43.
Daniels died Friday in London after a battle with most cancers, her good friend and publicist Jessie Cohen instructed The Hollywood Reporter. She was identified in March 2020 with a kind of Stage 3 most cancers that had unfold to her lymph nodes, however she declared herself most cancers free in an interview with THR‘s Chris Gardner a 12 months later.
“Eva died on the identical phrases as she lived,” director Börkur Sigthorsson wrote on Fb. “She performed her playing cards near her chest. She didn’t search recognition when she had success. She didn’t search pity when she suffered. I’ll miss her friendship vastly, however principally I’ll miss seeing what she would have carried out subsequent.”
Daniels most just lately government produced the Sydney Sweeney-starring Actuality. Directed by first-timer Tina Satter in an adaptation of her off-Broadway/Broadway play Is This a Room, it premiered on the Berlin Movie Pageant this 12 months and on HBO Max in Might. In his evaluate, THR chief movie critic David Rooney known as it “a forceful intestine punch of cinema vérité.”
Daniels additionally exec produced two movies directed and co-written by Oren Moverman and starring Richard Gere: Time Out of Thoughts (2014) and The Dinner (2017).
What Maisie Knew (2012), a melodrama a few damaged household helmed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, bowed on the Toronto Movie Pageant and starred Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgard in a contemporary adaptation of Henry James’ 1897 novel.
Maintain the Darkish (2018), an Alaska-set thriller directed by Jeremy Saulnier and starring Jeffrey Wright and Skarsgard, premiered at TIFF and on Netflix.
Joe Bell (2020), directed by Reinaldo Marcus Inexperienced and written by Brokeback Mountain pair Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, starred Mark Wahlberg within the true story of the daddy of a homosexual teenager (Reid Miller) who walks throughout America to attract consideration to anti-LGBTQ bullying. It debuted at TIFF and performed in theaters by way of Roadside Sights.
Throughout her all-too-brief profession, Daniels loved fruitful partnerships with producer Riva Marker — they collaborated on 5 options — and distributor A24 and likewise consulted with the Icelandic Movie Fund.
Born in Reykjavik on July 5, 1979, Daniels studied enterprise and philosophy on the College of Iceland and added a level in movie manufacturing from KBH Movie & Fotoskole in Copenhagen in 2003. She then labored as a producer for the postproduction outfits The Mill, primarily based in London, and Firm 3, primarily based in Los Angeles and New York.
She launched Eva Daniels Productions in New York in 2010. The primary two movies from her firm had been The Romantics (2010), written and directed by Galt Niederhoffer and starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel, and Goats (2012), directed by Christopher Neil and starring David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga.
She additionally exec produced the highway film Finish of Sentence (2019), starring John Hawkes and Logan Lerman as a feuding father and son in Eire.
Survivors embrace her husband, Moritz Diller, and 5 ½-year-old son, Henry.
When she spoke with Gardner in 2021, she had simply opened an artwork gallery in Switzerland devoted to the work of artists from her Iceland dwelling.
“Now we have this pure DNA of freedom the place we will do something as a result of we all know we’ll get away with it,” she mentioned. “It’s a particular island with no limits, no containers to suit into, wild events, no viewers, no guidelines to observe, and I really like all that. It conjures up me each day.”
She added: “Throughout my profession in movie, I collected artwork, on a sluggish tempo. It had at all times given me a lot pleasure. After I was residing in L.A., I used to be going to attempt to mix movie and artwork, and I even hosted a number of artwork exhibits in California previously with some actors that I used to be working with. Throughout therapy, I returned to that query of the way to incorporate extra pleasure. Though movie improvement is the best factor ever, it may be sluggish and painful. I even have a son, and I assumed, ‘How do I convey him into my work life and spend extra time with him?’”