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 53)
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 Catalan painter Baltasar Samper. His son is actor Baltasar Breki Samper.

For his film Mýrin, 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]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Producer Director Actor Writer Role
1992 Wallpaper: Erotic Love Story No No Yes No Lass
1992 A Fairy of Our Time No No Yes No N/A Short film
1995 Agnes No No Yes No Natan
1996 Go LazyTown No Yes No Yes
1996 Dream Hunters No No Yes No Gunnar
1996 Devil's Island No No Yes No Baddi
1998 Pop in Reykjavík Yes No No No Documentary film
1999 Split No No Yes No Fridrik
2000 Angels of the Universe No No Yes No Óli
2000 101 Reykjavík Yes Yes Yes Yes Þröstur
2001 No Such Thing No No Yes No Dr. Artaud
2001 Me and Morrison No No Yes No Askildsen
2001 Regina No No Yes No Ivan
2002 The Sea Yes Yes No Yes
2003 Stormy Weather Yes No Yes No Einar
2004 Dís Yes No No No
2005 A Little Trip to Heaven Yes Yes No Yes
2006 Jar City Yes Yes No Yes
2008 White Night Wedding Yes Yes No Yes
2008 The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela Yes No No No Executive producer
2008 Reykjavík-Rotterdam Yes No Yes No Kristófer
2010 Summerland Yes No No No
2010 Inhale No Yes No No
2012 Contraband Yes Yes No No
2012 The Deep Yes No No Yes
2013 2 Guns No Yes No No
2013 Hulli Yes No No No TV series, executive producer
2013 The Missionary No Yes No No
2015 Virgin Mountain Yes No No No
2015 Everest Yes Yes No No
2015–2019 Trapped Yes Yes No Yes TV series, producer (10 episodes, 2018–2019), executive producer (10 episodes, 2015–2016)
2016 The Oath Yes Yes Yes Yes Finnur
2016 The Mayor Yes No No No TV series
2018 Vultures Yes No No No
2018 Adrift Yes Yes No No

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.

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