DjúpiðThe Deep

Retrospective, Iceland / Norway 2012, 93 Min., icel. OV, ger. st, FSK: ab 12 Jahren

On March 11, 1984, the Icelandic fishing boat Erki capsized seven kilometres off the coast of the Westman island Heimaey. Only one person on board survived the accident, as if by a miracle. After hours swimming in the ice-cold waters, 22-year-old Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, known as Gulli, reached land. That feat of survival made him a national hero and a scientific sensation … Director Baltasar Kormákur conceived of this survival story in stark images as a symbol of Iceland’s financial crisis, and it was seen in the country as a call to overcome that crisis, “we speak of our nation as a ship, and when the economy took a dive, that was our nation’s shipwreck”. Kormákur dedicated the haunting drama starring the outstanding actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (of the TV series “Trapped”) to Iceland’s fisherfolk.

Director Baltasar Kormákur

Screenplay Jón Atli Jónasson, Baltasar Kormákur, nach einem Stück von Jón Atli Jónasson

Producer Baltasar Kormákur, Agnes Johansen

Production Company RVK Studios, Seljavegur, 101 Reykjvik, Mail:, Web:

Distributor MFA+ Filmdistribution GmbH, Bismarckplatz 9, 93047 Regensburg, Mail:, Web:

Cast Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Gulli), Björn Thors (Hannes), Stefán Hallur Stefánsson (Jón), Jóhann G. Jóhannsson (Palli), Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson (Lárus), Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir (Halla)


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