Baltasar Kormákur

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Baltasar Kormákur Samper
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Baltasar Kormákur at the 42nd KVIFF, 2007
Born (1966-02-27) 27 February 1966 (age 55)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Alma materIceland University of the Arts
Occupation
Years active1992–present
ChildrenBaltasar Breki Samper
Websitervkstudios.is

Baltasar Kormákur Samper (born 27 February 1966) is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is best known for directing the films 101 Reykjavík, The Sea, A Little Trip to Heaven (starring Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker), a film based on the book Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason, Contraband, 2 Guns (starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington) and Everest.

Life and career[edit]

Kormákur was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. His father is the Spanish painter Baltasar Samper. His son is actor Baltasar Breki Samper.

For his film Mýrin (Jar City), he won the Crystal Globe award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2007. In December 2011, it was announced the production of a drama film Rocketman with Baltasar Kormákur and Dagur Kári was set to direct the film.[1][2] His 2012 film The Deep was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards,[3] making the January shortlist.[4] In January 2013, it was again announced that the film will be produced by Kormákur with his partner Agnes Johansen.[5] Denmark's Nimbus Film will co-produce the film. The film's production started in February and will be filmed until the end of 2013, with an expected release in 2015.[6] In February 2015, it was announced that his next film would be the crime-thriller The Oath,[7] which is based on a script by actor Ólafur Egilsson.[8]

In 2020, Kormakur began production of the Netflix science fiction series Katla.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Credited as
Director Producer Writer
1996 Go LazyTown Yes No Yes
2000 101 Reykjavík Yes Yes Yes
2002 The Sea Yes Yes Yes
2005 A Little Trip to Heaven Yes Yes Yes
2006 Jar City Yes Yes Yes
2008 White Night Wedding Yes Yes Yes
2010 Inhale Yes No No
2012 Contraband Yes Yes No
The Deep Yes Yes Yes
2013 2 Guns Yes No No
2015 Everest Yes Yes No
2016 The Oath Yes Yes Yes
2018 Adrift Yes Yes No

Producer only

Television[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer
2013 Hulli No Executive
The Missionary Yes No TV movie
2015–2019 Trapped Yes Yes Creator
2016 The Mayor No Yes
TBA Katla

Acting credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Wallpaper: Erotic Love Story Lass
A Fairy of Our Time N/A Short film
1995 Agnes Natan
1996 Dream Hunters Gunnar
Devil's Island Baddi
1999 Split Fridrik
2000 Angels of the Universe Óli
101 Reykjavík Þröstur
2001 No Such Thing Dr. Artaud
Me and Morrison Askildsen
Regina Ivan
2003 Stormy Weather Einar
2008 Reykjavík-Rotterdam Kristófer
2016 The Oath Finnur

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Notes
2000 Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo 101 Reykjavík Nominated New Directors Competition
2000 Edda Awards Best Supporting Actor Englar Alheimsins Nominated
2000 Edda Awards Best Film 101 Reykjavík Nominated Shared with: Ingvar Þórðarson
2000 Edda Awards Best Director 101 Reykjavík Nominated
2000 Edda Awards Best Screenplay 101 Reykjavík Won
2000 European Film Awards European Discovery of the Year 101 Reykjavík Nominated
2000 Locarno International Film Festival Golden Leopard 101 Reykjavík Nominated
2000 Locarno International Film Festival Youth Jury Award: Euro<26 101 Reykjavík Won
2000 Lubeck Nordic Film Days Prize of the Ecumenical Jury 101 Reykjavík Won
2000 Thessaloniki Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize 101 Reykjavík Won "For the homogeneous and literary treating of complicated contemporary sexual relationships with a sense of humour."
2000 Toronto International Film Festival Discovery Award 101 Reykjavík Won Tied With George Washington
2001 Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Star Won
2001 Bogota Film Festival Golden Precolumbian Circle 101 Reykjavík Nominated Best film
2001 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema Best Film 101 Reykjavík Nominated
2001 Pula Film Festival Big Golden Arena 101 Reykjavík Won European Competition: Best Film
2001 Rouen Nordic Film Festival Grand Jury Prize 101 Reykjavík Won
2001 Tbilisi International Film Festival Prize of the Union of Georgian Filmmakers 101 Reykjavík Won
2002 Edda Awards Best Screenplay The Sea Won Shared with: Ólafur Haukur Símonarson
2002 Edda Awards Best Film The Sea Won
2002 Edda Awards Best Director The Sea Won
2002 Nordic Council Film Prize Icelandic Entry The Sea Nominated
2002 San Sebastián Film Festival Golden Seashell The Sea Nominated
2003 Istanbul International Film Festival Golden Tulip The Sea Nominated
2003 Istanbul International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize The Sea Won "For its deep observation of social and cultural wounds of a disintegrating family faced with globalization."
2003 Tromsø International Film Festival Audience Award The Sea Won
2005 Nordic Council Film Prize Icelandic Entry Dís Nominated Shared with: Silja Hauksdóttir (director, writer), Birna Anna Björnsdóttir (writer), Oddný Sturludóttir (writer) and Agnes Johansen (producer)
2006 Cognac Festival du Film Policier Critics Award A Little Trip to Heaven Won
2006 Edda Awards Best Film Jar City Won Shared with: Agnes Johansen and Lilja Pálmadóttir (producers)
2006 Edda Awards Best Director Jar City Won
2006 Göteborg Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize A Little Trip to Heaven Won
2006 Nordic Council Film Prize Icelandic Entry A Little Trip to Heaven Nominated Shared with: Edward Martin Weinman (writer) and Sigurjón Sighvatsson (producer)
2007 Nordic Council Film Prize Icelandic Entry Jar City Nominated Shared with: Agnes Johansen and Lilja Pálmadóttir (producers)
2007 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Crystal Globe Jar City Won Shared with: Lilja Pálmadóttir (producer)
2007 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Don Quijote Award Jar City Won
2008 Edda Awards Best Film White Night Wedding Won
2008 Nordic Council Film Prize Icelandic Entry White Night Wedding Nominated Shared with: Ólafur Egilsson (writer), Agnes Johansen, Kim Magnusson, and Lilja Pálmadóttir (producers)
2008 Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films Grand Prize Jar City Won Shared with: Agnes Johansen and Lilja Pálmadóttir (producers)
2008 Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films Best Direct Jar City Won
2010 Rouen Nordic Film Festival Young Audience Award White Night Wedding Won
2011 Edda Awards Best Director Inhale Nominated
2012 Les Arcs European Film Festival Crystal Arrow The Deep Nominated
2012 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Film The Deep Nominated
2013 Edda Awards Best Screenplay The Deep Nominated Shared with: Jón Atli Jónasson
2013 Edda Awards Best Director The Deep Won
2013 European Film Awards Audience Award The Deep Nominated
2013 Göteborg Film Festival Dragon Award The Deep Nominated Best Nordic Film
2013 Locarno International Film Festival Variety Piazza Grande Award 2 Guns Nominated
2013 Nordic Council Film Prize Icelandic Entry The Deep Nominated
2014 Göteborg Film Festival Nordic Honorary Dragon Award Won
2015 CinemaCon International Filmmaker of the Year Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dagur Kari writing Icelandic film Rocket Man; Baltasar Kormakur to produce". screendaily.com. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Contraband Director Baltasar Kormakur to Produce ROCKET MAN". filmofilia.com. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Djúpið framlag Íslands til Óskarsverðlaunanna". svarthofdi.is. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  4. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Vie For Oscar". Oscars. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Baltasar Kormakur to produce Dagur Kari's Rocketman". screendaily.com. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Oscar Hopeful Baltasar Kormakur to Produce Dagur Kari's 'Rocketman'". thewrap.com. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  7. ^ "The Oath". thewrap.com. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  8. ^ "The Oath". RVK Studios. 4 January 2013. Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  9. ^ Sperling, Nicole (15 May 2020). "Two Projects Are Filming Again. Here's How They're Doing It". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 18 May 2020.

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