Icelandic filmmakers Samuel Bjarki Petursson and Gunnar Pall Olafsson—also known as the directing duo of Samuel & Gunnar—have joined Bodega’s directing roster. Bodega, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, is part of the Northern Lights family of companies, which includes Northern Lights, SuperExploder and Mr Wonderful.
“We jumped at the chance to reunite with our friend Mark Kovacs and the Bodega family, joining a talented group of people,” the duo said in a statement. “We’re excited to tell our beautiful and cinematic stories, and to create new memories along the way.”
“I’m thrilled to be working with this talented team once again,” said Kovacs, also in a statement. “Their global directing experience is perfectly aligned with today’s production needs.”
Samuel & Gunnar both got their start in film on the post-production side, working first as editors for commercials, music videos, and features, before transitioning into their work as a director team. Together, they have worked for such clients as Disney, McDonald’s, Icelandic Air, Spectrum and more.
Over the years, they have won awards from organizations such as British Arrows Awards, Cannes Lion, The Icelandic Advertising Awards, The Digiday Awards, Epica Awards, Telly Awards, Effie Awards, and Cresta Awards, among others.