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In a push to bolster the Icelandic film and TV industry, “Everest” director Baltasar Kormákur is set to launch a 20,000 square-meter media village housing a big-scale film studio and a flurry of entertainment companies in Reykjavik.
The site, dubbed “film land” and acquired by Koramkur for 2.6 million Euros, is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital, by the ocean. Another piece of land regrouping industrial building will be added to the site, said Kormakur.
“The idea is to create a hub for the creative industries and bring together film, TV, music and gaming companies,” Kormakur told Variety. Secondly, said Kormakur, the goal is to attract more local and international productions. The national film school will also move to Film Land, said the helmer, whose directorial credits include Hollywood and Icelandic movies such as “Everest,” “The Deep” and “Two Guns.”
Iceland is already a popular destination for film and »
- Elsa Keslassy
This brilliant Icelandic elemental thriller traps a small town in a blizzard – and tosses in a headless, limbless body to unsettle the natives
Iceland has been much in the news with the resignation of its prime minister over links to Mossack Fonseca and offshore argy-bargy, things that don’t sit well with an electorate dragged through economic collapse and depression since 2008. The very real financial crisis looms large in Trapped, a tightly wrapped, elemental 10-part thriller set and shot in the remote eastern town of Seyðisfjörður, where the discovery of a torso in the harbour sets off a whodunit that threatens to implicate just about everybody while a blizzard snows them all in. A wily import to BBC Four’s Saturday night slot, it aired in chilly February and, for maximum empathy, it is advised you watch the DVD without the heating on.
Created by Baltasar Kormákur, best known for »
- Andrew Collins
Trapped: Season One
Created by Baltasar Kormákur.
In a remote town in Iceland, local police desperately try to solve a crime as a powerful storm descends upon the town.
The recent success of Trapped – or if you’re feeling like brushing up on your Icelandic, Ófærð – on TV screens could be put down to many things. Many will have been drawn to the promise of a tightly scripted whodunnit mystery, while others may find the prospect of a darkly humorous examination of Icelandic sociological problems something to discover. Most won’t have tuned in for the weather, which in Icelandic terms is truly something; the elemental forces impacting on human life at every turn. Forcing them onto land, freezing their bones and covering up evidence of the most grisly of crimes… »
- Robert W Monk
Filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur is in production on a new feature film in his native Iceland. The Oath is a psychological thriller, which he co-wrote with Olafur Egilsson and is directing, producing and starring, returning to acting after an eight year hiatus.
In The Oath Kormákur plays the part of a father who sets off on a mission to try to pull his daughter away from the world of drugs and petty crime, only to discover that danger can be found in unexpected places.
The film is produced under Kormákur’s Rvk Studios banner in partnership with Film4, UK with David Kosse as Executive Producer and Zdfe, Germany. World Sales are being handled by Xyz Films, who will be meeting with buyers about the project at this week’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Kormákur directed Everest which to date has grossed over $203 million worldwide since its launch in September.
- Michelle McCue
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