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Focus World Takes US Rights to Kormákur's 'The Deep,' Iceland's Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 13, 2012 at 3:43PM

Focus World has taken US rights to "The Deep," Iceland's submission to the Foreign Oscar race, and plans a release within the first half of 2013.
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"The Deep"
"The Deep"

Focus World has taken US rights to "The Deep," Iceland's submission to the Foreign Oscar race, and plans a release within the first half of 2013.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the man vs. nature drama is based on a true story of the sole survivor of a fishing boat that sank off the south coast of Iceland in 1984. The man, Gulli, had to swim through freezing waters for five hours and survive a deadly lava field before finally returning to his village.

Kormákur shot the film in the North Atlantic and swam in it many times to get the shots he wanted, while also serving as the de facto stunt coordinator for his actors. He co-wrote the script with Jón Atli Jónasson, based on a play.

Up next for Kormakur is "2 Guns" with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, whose "Contraband" he also directed. "The Deep" is being remade for American audiences; Kormákur will serve as producer.

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Awards, Foreign, Baltasar Kormákur


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.