Saturday, January 05, 7:00 PM
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Iceland, 2012, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Norway
Topics: Action/Adventure, History
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Icelandic English Sub-Titles
This real-life survival tale offers a powerful, authentically elemental depiction of an incident that still haunts the Icelandic psyche. When rust-bucket fishing trawler Breki put out to sea in March 1984 an accident with the trawl caused the boat to capsize in rough waters. The entire crew was swept overboard into the cold, dark Atlantic. To the horror of shy, paunchy 20-something Gulli, the others, including his best friend Palli, quickly succumb to the elements.
Calmed and comforted by the seagull wheeling above him, Gulli swims and talks, telling the bird about the unfinished business that he wishes that he could live to complete. He miraculously survives six hours in the freezing ocean, ultimately reaching safety.
“At the end of Kormakur’s masterful blend of sound and fury, the real-life fisherman tells national television, ‘No one is really bothered by this thing happening.’ Thing? In typical Icelandic fashion, he downplays his unique personal experience; like his character in the film, Gulli is much more at home talking about the fate of his mates.” Howard Feinstein, Screen International.
Director Baltasar Kormakur expected to attend the January 5 screening
DIRECTOR: Baltasar Kormákur
Producer: Baltasar Kormákur, Agnes Johansen
Editor: Sverrir Kristjánsson, Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Screenwriter: Jón Atli Jónasson, Baltasar Kormáku
Cinematographer: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Principal Cast: Olafur Darri Olafsson, Johann G Johannsson, Theodor Juliusson, Maria Siguroardottir
Filmography: Contraband (2012), White Night Wedding (2008), Jar City (2006), The Sea (2002) 101 Reykjavík (2000)
Print Source: Focus World - focusfeatures.com/focusworld