The Oath

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Iceland | 2016 | 104 minutes | Baltasar Kormakur

When his daughter gets involved with a manipulative drug dealer, a loving father fights to save her and finds himself resorting to extreme measures in a dramatic Taken-style psychological thriller from Icelandic director and star Baltasar Kormakur.

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Blinded by new love and a burgeoning habit of "powdering her nose", Anna's dropped out of college, is unemployed, and continues to rely on her father to help her keep her head above water. Her father Finnur, a wealthy cardiac surgeon recently remarried with another school-aged young daughter, is hit with a wave of realization after his own father passes away—he needs to up his parenting game and step in before Anna's life spirals out of control. Her new boyfriend Ottar is obviously a bad influence, surrounding her with shady drug dealers and keeping her out all hours of the night. When Anna calls Finnur in a drug-induced hysteria, he decides he has to get Ottar to leave her alone for good—at any cost. But calling the cops to their apartment does nothing but get a large stash of Ottar's drugs confiscated, and soon Finnur is violently confronted with the task of repaying his daughter's boyfriend back the huge sum of money, or he'll continue to hurt his family. The tension and threats between Ottar and Finnur escalate to terrifying heights before eventually exploding in a violent and bloody conclusion. This high-stakes gritty thriller by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur (Everest, 2 Guns) also stars him in the lead as Finnur, and is stylistically taut and glossy, making excellent use of the dramatic Icelandic landscapes.

Director Biography

Baltasar Kormakur is best known for his critically acclaimed films Everest (2015), A Little Trip to Heaven (2005), and 101 Reykjavik (2000). After graduating from Iceland's National Academy for the Arts, he performed as a stage actor before turning to filmmaking.

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  • Original Language Title: Eiðurinn
  • Director: Baltasar Kormakur
  • Principal Cast: Hera Hilmar, Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Iceland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 104 minutes
  • Producer: Baltasar Kormákur, Magnús Viðar Sigurðsson
  • Screenplay: Ólafur Egilsson, Baltasar Kormákur
  • Cinematographers: Óttar Guðnason
  • Editors: Sigvaldi K. Karason
  • Music: Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Edda Awards, Iceland 2017 (Best Supporting Actor, Actress, Music, Sound, Make Up)
  • Filmography: Everest (2015); 2 Guns (2013); The Deep (2012); Contraband (2012); Brúðguminn (2008); Jar City (2006); The Sea (2002)
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Gunpowder & Sky
  • International Sales: XYZ Films