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Hilmir Snær Guðnason,
Hanna María Karlsdóttir
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In regard to the real-life survival story and the extraordinary feat of the Icelandic fisherman, Guðlaugur "Gulli" Friðþórsson, Baltasar Kormákur's "The Deep" faithfully recreates the maritime tragedy of the ageing vessel, Breki, when on 11 March 1984 capsized near the Westman Islands, in the notoriously rough waters of the unforgiving North Atlantic. Among a small crew of six men, the cheerful, overweight, and utterly unassuming Gulli summons the strength to fight the omnipotent forces of nature, swimming back home for six hours in frigid and deadly waters. But, how on earth did he manage to cheat an impending deep hypothermia? Was it a matter of sheer determination, pure chance, or was it a case of an unfathomable mystery?Written by
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The events in the movie take place in 1984. When the main protagonist, the only survivor of the boat accident, undergoes a test in the Navy Hospital in London, one of the doctors introduces the other three participants of the test as members of the SBS, the Special Boat Services, a UK special forces unit. The name by which the doctor refers to the unit is incorrect. In 1984, this UK special forces unit in question was called the Special Boat Squadron. It was renamed to Special Boat Service (and not "Services") only three years later, in 1987. See more »
"Heartrending, inspirational, mythical and invigorating..."
Icelandic screenwriter, actor, producer and director Baltasar Kormákur's eight feature film which he co-wrote with Icelandic screenwriter Jón Atli Jónasson and co-produced, is inspired by real events in the life of an Icelandic man named Guðlaugur Friðþórsson and four other men which took place in 1984 on one of the Westman Islands called Heimaey. It premiered in Iceland, was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on locations in the North Atlantic Ocean and is an Iceland-Norway co-production which was produced by producer Agnes Johansen. It tells the story about a fisherman named Gulli who lives in a coastal town and who is few days away from heading out to the sea on a fishing boat called Breki-VE with his crew members.
Finely and engagingly directed by Nordic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, this finely paced and somewhat fictional reconstruction which is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a gripping portrayal of an Icelandic man and the crucial decision he has to make after a boat accident in the North Atlantic Ocean. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions and reverent cinematography by Icelandic cinematographer Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson, this character-driven story depicts a commendable study of character and contains a great score by composers Daniel Bjarnason and Ben Frost.
This dramatic, humorous and modestly existentialistic drama which is set in the Vestmannaeyar in Iceland during a spring in 1984 and where a man ends up in a situation where the deep is below him, the sky above him and his only option is to swim or die, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development and the involving and efficiently understated acting performance by Icelandic actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. A heartrending, inspirational, mythical and invigorating true story which is dedicated to Icelandic fishermen.
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