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Baltasar Kormákur

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Date of Birth:
27 February 1966Reykjavik, Iceland

Birth Name:
Baltasar Kormákur Samper

Height:
6' 1¼" (1.86 m)

Short Biography:
Baltasar Kormákur is an actor, producer and director whose work spans theater, movies and television. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, he graduated as an actor from Iceland's National Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He was immediately signed on by the National Theatre of Iceland, where he worked as one of the leading young performing artists until 1997. During the last two years of his assignment, he also directed several ambitious works, after having produced and directed highly popular, independent stage productions alongside his projects with the National Theatre. In 2000, he wrote, directed, acted in and produced the feature film "101 Reykjavik," which became an international hit and earned the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Subsequently, Variety selected him as one of the "10 Directors to Watch," along with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Lukas Moodysson, Christopher Nolan and other newcomers at the time.

Soon after, Kormákur started Blueeyes Productions and since then has maintained his focus on feature film writing, producing, and directing. His films "The Sea," "A Little Trip To Heaven," "Jar City" and "White Night Wedding" have all been very successful in Iceland, and won numerous international awards. Kormákur's "The Deep," which eerily captures the tragic real-life story of the lone survivor of a capsized fishing boat off the frigid Icelandic coast, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to become Iceland's Oscar nominee and was shortlisted for the foreign language Academy Award. It opened in Iceland on September 21, 2012 and took in over 50% of the country's box office receipts that weekend and earned a record number of Edda Awards, 11 in all, including Best Film of the Year, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Kormákur has also directed features in the United States, including "Inhale," an independent film produced by the LA based 26 Films, starring Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger and Sam Shepard and "Contraband," starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Kate Beckinsale, which took first place at the US box office during its opening weekend, early January 2012. Universal Pictures released "Contraband," which was a remake of Oskar Johansson's "Reykjavik Rotterdam," that starred Kormákur and he produced with Agnes Johansen through his Blueeyes Productions, along with Working Title Films.

Kormákur's next film was the thriller "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, which Universal Pictures will release in August 2013. Other projects include the HBO pilot "The Missionary," a spy thriller he will direct and Mark Wahlberg, Steve Levinson and Malcolm Gladwell will produce; "Everest," the cautionary tale and real life adventure on the mountain in 1996 when eight climbers died in the span of two days, due to a series of horrific mishaps and bad decisions. Working Title Films and Emmett/Furla Productions will produce "Everest" with Kormákur. Also, "Viking," a big budget action adventure set in the world of the famed Norse warriors, which will film in Iceland. Kormákur optioned Iceland's beloved, Nobel Prize-winning book Independent People to develop as a feature film and will produce the American remake of "Jar City" along with CEO of Lava Bear Films, David Linde. He is also producing the Icelandic drama "Rocketman," which acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Dagur Kari is directing.

He also partnered with CCP Games, the world's leading independent developer of massive multiplayer games to bring the EVE Universe game to television. The new series will take its inspiration from the millions of people who have left their mark on the EVE Universe via stories submitted to the website. The RVK Studios team, in collaboration with CCP, will create an original concept and story line set in the EVE Universe, a future history of rival societies trapped beyond a wormhole in a dystopian sci-fi world. All of Kormákur's films are made under his Blueeyes Productions, which also includes a television arm, RVK Studios, and an association with Dadi Einarsson and the Icelandic VFX company Framestore.

Adrift (2018)

# 14815 IMDb PG-13 

Adrift (2018)

By Baltasar Kormákur

Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller (1h 36min)

USA USA, Hong Kong Hong Kong, Iceland Iceland

Rated 6.6 after 22,733 votes on 18-Oct-18.

3 nominations

Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic (...)

Everest (2015)

# 12468 IMDb

Everest (2015)

TaglineNever let go

By Baltasar Kormákur

Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller (2h 01min)

USA USA, UK UK, Iceland Iceland

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 175,963 votes on 14-Dec-18.

7 nominations

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin) from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure (...)

2 Guns (2013)

# 11154 IMDb

2 Guns (2013)

By Baltasar Kormákur

Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller (1h 49min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 175,336 votes on 14-Aug-18.

2 wins

A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent.

Djúpið (2012)

# 14989 IMDb Not Rated 

Djúpið (2012)

(The Deep)

TaglineBased upon the true story of a shipwreck.

By Baltasar Kormákur

Action, Drama (1h 35min)

Iceland Iceland

Rated 6.7 after 4,367 votes on 01-Nov-18.

11 wins & 10 nominations

Based on actual events, a fisherman tries to survive in the freezing ocean after his boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland.

Contraband (2012)

# 10014 IMDb

Contraband (2012)

TaglineWhat would you hide to protect your family?

By Baltasar Kormákur

Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller (1h 49min)

USA USA, UK UK, France France

Rated 6.5 after 109,134 votes on 07-Oct-18.

Chris Faraday once smuggled illegal items or contraband into the country on freighters. He left that life behind, got married has a family and went legit. But when his brother-in-law got involved with Briggs, a drug dealer and when he blew a deal, Briggs demands restitution which he can't deliver. So Chris offers to find a way to pay him but the he threatens Chris' family if he doesn't deliver. (...)

Inhale (2010)

# 14702 IMDb Not Rated | R 

Inhale (2010)

TaglineSome people have only one option.

By Baltasar Kormákur

Drama, Thriller (1h 23min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 5,880 votes on 18-Oct-18.

3 nominations

A couple goes to dangerous lengths to find a lung donor for their daughter.

Reykjavík Rotterdam (2008)

# 10167 IMDb

Reykjavík Rotterdam (2008)

(Reykjavik-Rotterdam)

By Óskar Jónasson

Thriller (1h 28min)

Iceland Iceland, Germany Germany, Netherlands Netherlands

Rated 6.7 after 2,093 votes on 11-Dec-18.

5 wins & 2 nominations

Financial concerns tempt a security guard to return to his smuggling ways.

Mýrin (2006)

# 04649 IMDb

Mýrin (2006)

(Jar City)

By Baltasar Kormákur

Crime, Drama, Thriller (1h 33min)

Iceland Iceland, Germany Germany, Denmark Denmark

Fine! Rated 7.0 after 4,665 votes on 09-Oct-18.

10 wins

Örn's daughter is dead because of a rare genetic disease. By this time Erlendur has to find Holdeberg's killer. He has to find out what happened 30 years ago and to connect it with his case and he has another problem...His relationships with his daughter.

Englar alheimsins (2000)

# 04287 IMDb

Englar alheimsins (2000)

(Angels of the Universe)

By Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

Biography, Drama (1h 40min)

Iceland Iceland, Norway Norway, Germany Germany, Sweden Sweden, Denmark Denmark

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 2,562 votes on 04-Oct-18.

14 wins & 4 nominations

Páll is an artistic and sensitive young man. Getting dumped by his girlfriend, Dagny, triggers his descent into madness. We follow him on his way to inevitable doom; at home with his parents who finally can't cope, and in the mental institution, Kleppur.

101 Reykjavík (2000)

# 02958 IMDb

101 Reykjavík (2000)

Tagline30° below zero, five hours of daylight, what else can you do but get wrecked

By Baltasar Kormákur

Comedy (1h 28min)

Iceland Iceland, Denmark Denmark, France France, Norway Norway, Germany Germany

Rated 6.9 after 8,869 votes on 20-Nov-18.

9 wins & 10 nominations

A 30 year old man still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing the net. His mothers Spanish flamenco teacher (Victoria Abril-Lola) moves in with them for Christmas. On New Years eve, while his mother is away he finds out Lola is a lesbian, but also ends up having rampart, drunken sex with her. His mother returns only to break the news she is also a lesbian (...)

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