Time and tide
It’s easy to see why Kormákur’s latest feature made January's Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film. Drawing upon the true story of the trawler Breki that capsized in 1984 off the coast of Iceland’s Westman Islands, the tale of one of the fishermen’s survival is beautifully cinematically rendered, depicting the landscape both as a vital life source and as an entity of destruction, to be feared and respected. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson plays the tubby, curly-haired and extremely lovable Gulli as he struggles to reach dry land clad in a jumper Sigur Ros would be happy wearing; but the film’s most powerful scenes explore both the domestic and international repercussions of his homecoming.
The Deep | Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Iceland, Norway 2012) with Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhann G. Jóhannsson, Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir. Starts June 27