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The Deep


Iceland | 2012 | 95 minutes | Baltasar Kormákur

Based on an astonishing true incident, The Deep fashions a modern-day everyman myth about the sole survivor of a shipwreck, whose superhuman will to survive made him both an inexplicable scientific phenomenon and a national hero.

April 29, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Press screening - Admission by pass only

May 17, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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May 18, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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May 19, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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This real-life survival tale offers a powerful, authentically elemental depiction of an incident that still haunts the Icelandic psyche. When the rusty fishing trawler Breki sets out to sea off the Westman Islands in March 1984, an accident causes the boat to capsize in rough waters. The entire crew is swept overboard into the cold, dark Atlantic. To the horror of the shy, portly, 20-something crewman Gulli, the others quickly succumb to the elements—including his best friend, Palli. Calmed and comforted by a seagull wheeling above him, Gulli (Ólafur Darri Ólafssen) swims and talks to stay alive, telling the bird about the unfinished business that he wishes that he could live to complete. Gulli miraculously survives six hours in the freezing ocean, ultimately reaching safety. A story told without the use of computer graphics or special effects, The Deep is an Icelandic spin on a classic survival tale, in which hope and perseverance combat brutal, frozen elements.

Director Biography
Baltasar Kormákur is one of Iceland’s most popular actors. He started his own theater and has also directed productions for the National Theatre of Iceland.

Sponsored in part by Seattle-Reykjavik Sister City Association, Muckleshoot Tribe

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Principal Cast: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhann G. Jóhannsson, Björn Thors,Theódór Júlíusson, Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir
Country: Iceland, Norway
Year: 2012
Running Time: 95 minutes
Producer: Agnes Johansen, Baltasar Kormákur
Screenplay: Jón Atli Jónasson, Baltasar Kormákur
Cinematographers: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Editors: Sverrir Kristjansson, Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Music: Ben Frost, Daníel Bjarnason
Website: http://www.icelandicfilms.info/films/nr/1462
Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2012 (Foreign Language Film); Edda Awards 2013 (Best Film, Director, Actor, Cinematography, Editing, Music, Visual Effects)
Filmography: Contraband (2012); Inhale (2010); Brúðguminn (2008); Jar City (2006); A Little Trip to Heaven (2005); The Sea (2002); 101 Reykjavík (2000)
Language: Icelandic
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: BAC Films
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