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Reykjavík-Rotterdam promotional poster
Directed by Óskar Jónasson
Produced by Agnes Johansen
Baltasar Kormákur
Dirk Rijneke
Mildred van Leeuwaarden
Written by Arnaldur Indriðason
Óskar Jónasson
Starring Baltasar Kormákur
Ingvar E. Sigurðsson
Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson
Victor Löw
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Jörundur Ragnarsson
Music by Barði Jóhannsson
Cinematography Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Edited by Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Release date
3 October 2008[1]
Running time
88 minutes
Country Iceland
Language Icelandic

Reykjavík-Rotterdam is an Icelandic film directed by Óskar Jónasson and starring Baltasar Kormákur.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Like a fish on a dry land, Kristofer is stuck in a dull everyday routine, working as a security guard. He was fired from the freight ship on which he worked when he was caught smuggling alcohol. Faced with money problems, he is tempted to accept the help of his friend, Steingrimur, who manages to pull some strings to get his old job back. He decides to take his chances one last time on a tour to Rotterdam.


The film was released on 3 October 2008. It was broadcast (dubbed in German) on German television ARD on 1 January 2010.[2]


Reykjavík-Rotterdam is one of the biggest-budget Icelandic films of all-time,[citation needed] and features an all-star cast of Icelandic cinema. The film garnered a four-star rating from Morgunblaðið,[citation needed] and has a 'fresh' rating of 8.2/10 at[citation needed]

The film won five Edda Awards, including best script, director, editing, sound, and music:[3]

An Icelandic Film and Television Academy committee chose Reykjavík-Rotterdam to be Iceland's submission to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, though it failed to receive an Oscar nomination.

Variety, after a 2010 screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival[4] called it a "straightforward product from much of the team behind Baltasar Kormákur's considerably more eccentric Jar City" and an "uncommonly commercial item with brawny action, strokes of humor and a besieged rooting interest (played effectively by Kormákur)."[5]

Hollywood remake[edit]

Working Title Films released a U.S. remake entitled Contraband starring and produced by Mark Wahlberg. The original film's lead actor, Baltasar Kormákur—a successful director in his home country of Iceland—took on the role of director.[6]


  1. ^ Reykjavík-Rotterdam from Blueeyes Productions
  2. ^ (in German) HD-Showcase vom 19. Dezember 2009 bis zum 6. Januar 2010 im Ersten from the ARD Digital website
  3. ^ "EDDA WINNERS 2008 | 2008 | Edda winners year by year | The Edda Film and TV Awards | Film Sector | Icelandic Film Centre" (in Icelandic). Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Reykjavik-Rotterdam | 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival | Óskar Jónasson | Iceland". 24 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Koehler, Robert (17 January 2010). "Variety Reviews – Reykjavik-Rotterdam – Film Reviews – Palm Springs – Review by Robert Koehler". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Contraband". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

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