5.6/10
422
3 user 8 critic
Trailer
1:15 | Trailer
Set in modern day Iceland, an immigrant vows revenge after losing his unborn child in an attack by a crime syndicate, thereby binding his fate with a troubled policewoman, her corrupt police commander, and a crime lord who's losing his edge.

Director:

Olaf de Fleur Johannesson (as Olaf de Fleur)

Writers:

Olaf de Fleur Johannesson (screenplay), Hrafnkell Stefansson (screenplay)
Reviews
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Borgríki 2 (2014)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In order to take down a major criminal organization, the ambitious head of the internal affairs unit of the Reykjavik P.D. decides to investigate a corrupt police lieutenant. Tipped off ... See full summary »

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Stars: Darri Ingolfsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Ashamed for being a debt-collecting thug, David believes that he is an ugly duckling waiting to become a swan. Through an unlikely mentor he finds out that life has indeed something very special in store for him.

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Stars: Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Eggert Þorleifsson
Africa United (2005)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An enchanting journey into the dreams and aspirations of a football-crazy coach and his colorful ensemble of players who have to overcome their egos - and hot blood - for a true team spirit.

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Stars: Einar Xavier Sveinsson, Saint Paul Edeh, Zakaria Anbari
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

An interwoven story of four characters in small a Icelandic farming community of Budardal Valley who are locked in a constant struggle for survival where the pressures of free market ... See full summary »

Directors: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, Gudni Pall Saemundsson
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Raquela, a transsexual from the Philippines, dreams of escaping the streets of Cebu City for a fairy tale life in Paris.

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Stars: Raquela Rios, Stefan C. Schaefer, Olivia Galudo
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A desperate city-slicker engineer cheats his way into a small farming community, pretending to know how to save them by refinancing their slaughterhouse not knowing that he's walking into a... See full summary »

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Stars: Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Act Normal (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Filmed for over ten years, a monk visits the normal world by disrobing, marrying, divorcing and becoming a monk again.

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Sjáumst með Silvíu Nótt (TV Series 2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Stars: Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Thors, Gaukur Úlfarsson
Crime | Horror

A man falsely accused of treason seeks revenge after he escapes from jail.

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zlatko Krickic Zlatko Krickic ... Sergej
Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir ... Andrea
Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson ... Gunnar (as Ingvar E. Sigurðsson)
Sigurður Sigurjónsson ... Margeir
Björn Thors ... Rúnar
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson ... Ingolfur
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ... Katrin
Gísli Örn Garðarsson ... Jói
Gladkaya Luna Gladkaya Luna ... Jelena
Leo Sankovic Leo Sankovic ... Stanko
Stanko Djorovic Stanko Djorovic ... Ivan
Elma Stefania Agustsdottir ... Svetlana
James Davis James Davis ... Gunnar's Bodyguard
Jonathan Pryce ... Jimmy
Philip Jackson ... William
Edit

Storyline

When a foreign mafia decides to take control of the Icelandic drug market, a police woman lost in violence, a mechanic revenging for his lost son, a crime kingpin with a heart condition, a corrupt officer in love with a prostitute will destroy each other. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

Iceland

Language:

Icelandic | English | Serbian | Russian

Release Date:

14 October 2011 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

City State See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Poppoli Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was produced without any public funding. The staff worked on low salaries to be able to make the film. See more »

Connections

Followed by Borgríki 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Breaking the Waves
Lyrics by Haukur Heiðar Hauksson (uncredited) and music by Dikta
Performed by Dikta
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Enjoyable attempt at Tarantine style cinema in Iceland
27 December 2012 | by SamRagSee all my reviews

City State or Borgariki, is a twisted tail of criminals foreign and domestic and their dealings with somewhat questionable police force. Set in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, it mirrors some aspects of what has been supposedly happening during the last decade as foreign criminals take on the their somewhat softer counterparts in Iceland.

Each scene of this movie plays wonderfully on its own, with all the actors doing some of their best work (at least in this type of a movie) and filming and sound/music really well done. It was wonderfully surprising to see Jonathan Pryce pop up couple of times and the almost amateur actor Zlatko Krickic was superb.

The downfall of the film is its cutting. It could be possible that the story was somewhat at fault, but mostly it felt as each scene was not related to the next. There were even some totally unnecessary time jumping, which looked to be done as an afterthought.

City state would have been a better movie with faster pace, tighter story and cutting. Having said that, this film goes on my list of Icelandic films I recommend to foreigners.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed