Director Baltasar Kormakur found mainstream fame earlier this year with heist thriller Contraband, a perfectly entertaining piece of Hollywood cinema. However, what brought him that project were years of making contemporary Icelandic dramas, and for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival he will present another such film, and possibly his most ambitious to date.
The Deep (or “Djúpið” in Icelandic) is based on a horrific and very real event when a fishing boat sank several miles off the shore of Westman Islands by Iceland. While all his crewmates drowned, Gudlaugur Fridthorsson managed to swim to shore, a miraculous feat that took him over six hours in the stormy, icy waters of the North Atlantic. The film chronicles these events and their aftermath, both for Gudlaugur, his family and his friends, many of whom had family members of their own aboard the fishing boat.
Olafur Darri Olafsson (who some might know as the burly crewmember aboard the freighter in Contraband) had the difficult task of not only taking on Gudlaugur’s role, but also swim, for real, in the ocean, for several days of shooting.
Baltasar says a big part of the film will follow his harrowing swim and in an interview with us, which we will publish in a few days, he reveals how extremely difficult the shoots for The Deep were. But here’s the trailer (we will update with a subtitled version as soon as we get it):