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City State (2011)

Borgríki (original title)
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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)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zlatko Krickic Zlatko Krickic ... Sergej
Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir ... Andrea
Ingvar Sigurdsson ... 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
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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

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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

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Poppoli Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Followed by Brave Men's Blood (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Madamina, il catalogo
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and lyrics by Lorenzo da Ponte (as Lorenzo Ponte)
Performed by Kristinn Sigmundsson
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Melancholy Thriller
13 November 2012 | by lukesorbaSee all my reviews

Structurally and thematically similar to Doug Liman's "Go" and of course "Pulp Fiction" - the template to too many multi-stranded, time-hopping urban crime dramas - City State's milieu, a drab Iceland entirely devoid of folkloric landscapes, is more original than the content. It is a tale briskly told, that trades depth for pace, and some suspension of disbelief is required for the plot to convince. However the performances- particularly Zlatko Krickic - do partly compensate for the sketchy nature of the narrative, although both British actors seem even more out of place than their characters. Ultimately the combination of fashionable verite camera-work and grim mise en scene bolted onto contrived story-telling does not quite work and a promising socio-political drama about immigration, crime and authority barely peeps through its gangland mask.


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