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Black's Game (2012) More at IMDbPro »Svartur á leik (original title)

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Black's Game -- To help pay down a debt, a student joins an underground crime syndicate and slowly works his way up the chain of command.
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Óskar Thór Axelsson (script writer)
Stefán Máni (novel)
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After being reacquainted with a childhood friend Stebbi joins the drug trade world in order to pay off his debt. Inspired by actual events. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Thor Kristjansson ... Stebbi psycho (as Þorvaldur Davið Kristjánsson)

Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson ... Tóti
Damon Younger ... Bruno

María Birta ... Dagný (as Maria Birta Bjarnadóttir)
Vignir Rafn Valþórsson ... Robbi Rotta
Egill Einarsson ... Sævar K
Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson ... Óskar tattoo
Ísak Hinriksson ... Nóri litli
Andri Már Birgisson ... Rósi
Þór Jóhannesson ... Eddi Krueger
Rúnar Freyr Gíslason ... Árni Jónsson
Hilmar Jonsson ... Konráð Geirsson (as Hilmar Jónsson)
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Jói Faraó
Steinn Ármann Magnússon ... Einar skakki
Sveinn Geirsson ... Viktor (as Sveinn Þ. Geirsson)
Jórunn Steinsson ... Dagný's Friend
Hera Rún Ragnarsdóttir ... Dagný's Friend
Móeirður S. Skúladóttir ... Dagný's Friend
Lilja Ingibjargardóttir ... Dagný's Friend
Maria Thelma Smáradóttir ... Dagný's Friend
Emma Lovísa Fjeldsted ... Dagnýs Friend
Júlía Hannam ... Mamma Tóta
Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir ... Housewife
Erlendur Eiríksson
Jón Páll Leifsson ... Networker
Þorbergur G. Helgason
Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir ... Sævar K's Mother
Rúnar Guðbrandsson ... Sævar K's Father
Bjarni Gautur ... Albert
Þórhallur Sigurðsson ... Shop Owner
Stefán Máni ... Police Officer (as Stefán Máni Sigþórsson)
Jóhannes Sverrisson ... Ingo's Cousin
Brynjar Þór Þorsteinsson ... Electrician
Guðbrandur Loki Rúnarsson ... Punk
Hrannar Pétursson ... Journalist
Suda Jósteinsson ... Asian Sister #1
Wasiphon Thongyot ... Asian Sister #2
Erlendur Björnsson ... Police Officer in Jail
Guðrún Lilja Guðmundsdóttir ... Jói Faraó's Wife
Viðar Þór Guðmundsson ... Judge
Hulda Þórisdóttir ... Prosecutor
Hrund Finnbogadóttir ... Waitress
Alma Rut Ásgeirdóttir
Einar Guðmundur Guðjónsson ... Pastor
Dagmar Arnardóttir ... Police Officer
Sara Òsk Þórisdóttir ... Teenage Girl
Húnbogi Jóhannsson ... Lithuanian
Þorvaldur Birgir Arnarsson ... Lithuanian
Steinunn Þórðardóttir
Davíð Örn Arnarson
Sævar Sigurðsson ... Police Officer at Airport
Davíð Már Sigursteinsson ... Rebbi lögga
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sigurdur Ingi ... Þröstur (scenes deleted) (as Sigurður Ingi)
Stefan B. Onundarson ... Guest at New Years Party
Rútur Skæringur
Selma Björnsdóttir ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Birgitta Sigursteinsdóttir ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Óskar Thór Axelsson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Óskar Thór Axelsson  script writer
Stefán Máni  novel

Produced by
Chris Briggs .... executive producer
Heidar Mar Gudjonsson .... executive producer
Gagga Jonsdottir .... line producer (as Rannveig Jónsdóttir)
Hlín Jóhannesdóttir .... associate producer
Arnar Knutsson .... producer
Skuli Fr. Malmquist .... producer
Thor Sigurjonsson .... producer
Andri Sveinsson .... executive producer
Nicolas Winding Refn .... executive producer
Original Music by
Frank Hall 
Cinematography by
Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson 
Film Editing by
Kristján Loðmfjörð 
Production Design by
Haukur Karlsson 
Art Direction by
Júlía Katrínardóttir 
Costume Design by
Margrét Einarsdóttir 
Makeup Department
Aðalheiður S. Dam .... assistant makeup artist
Heimir Sverrisson .... key prosthetics
Steinunn Þórðardóttir .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sindri Páll Kjartansson .... first assistant director
Sandra Steinþórsdóttir .... second assistant director
Art Department
Davíð Örn Arnarson .... stand by props
Aron Bergmann Magnússon .... props
Heimir Sverrisson .... property master
Johannes Sverrisson .... carpenter (as Jóhannes Sverrisson)
Sound Department
Huldar Freyr Arnarson .... supervising sound editor (sound re-recording mixer)
Arni Gustafsson .... sound recordist
Kjartan Kjartansson .... sound designer
Ingvar Lundberg .... sound designer
Ingvar Lundberg .... sound editor
Julien Martin .... foley recordist
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
Gunnar Oskarsson .... sound effects editor
Björn Viktorsson .... sound recordist
Viktor Smári Ágústsson .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Haukur Karlsson .... special effects supervisor
Johannes Sverrisson .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Omar Gudjonsson .... visual effects
Bjarki Guðjónsson .... visual effects
Kristján U. Kristjánsson .... digital artist
Valdimar Jóhannsson .... stunts
Johannes Sverrisson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Egill Antonsson .... third assistant camera
Arnar Einarsson .... key grip
Godi Már Gudbjörnsson .... focus puller
Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson .... second assistant camera
Sigurdur Bahama Magnusson .... electrician
Geir Magnússon .... gaffer
Atli Kristófer Pétursson .... camera trainee
Erlendur Sveinsson .... grip
Casting Department
Anna Svava Knútsdóttir .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erla Hrund Gísladóttir .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Bjarki Guðjónsson .... on-line editor
Ísak Jónsson .... log & loader
Ghislain Rio .... colorist
Location Management
Ragnar P. Pétursson .... location manager
Other crew
Birgitta Bjornsdottir .... production coordinator
Erlingur Jack Gudmundsson .... production assistant
Arnar Benjamín Kristjánsson .... intern
Sunna Guðrún Pétursdóttir .... production assistant
Sævar Sigurðsson .... continuity
Jóel Sæmundsson .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Svartur á leik" - Iceland (original title)
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Rated R for strong sexuality, some graphic nudity, brutal violence including a sexual assault, disturbing behavior, pervasive drug content and language
104 min
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Perfectly casted and acted crime thriller about a young criminal getting from bad to ugly, 28 October 2012
Author: JvH48 from Amersfoort, The Netherlands

I saw this film as part of the Rotterdam Film Festival 2012. Main features are the high quality acting and script. The story has an unmistakable drive, keeping your attention for the whole duration. What we see unroll is a typical growth path for a young criminal. He starts with something relatively innocent, moves on to something less benign, and just has to continue from then on while becoming more and more unable to leave the "circle".

As a bonus we get a nice hint from the mentor-in-crime of our main character. When something unexpected happens, do the first thing that comes to mind, however strange it may be, and do it without any hesitation. He indeed acts on that rule a few times with success, especially in the final scene. How that last scene ends exactly, is deliberately left open by the film makers. I don't consider that to be a real problem, this being the only logical wrap-up for the story.

The final Q&A revealed that the footage was shot last May, but that the editing only finished the Monday before the festival screening. Having a fixed deadline in the form of this festival, was definitely needed to arrive at the finished product we saw.

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