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Iceland's Shortlisted Oscar Entry 'The Deep' Picks Up Record 11 Edda Awards

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 21, 2013 at 2:54PM

Baltasar Kormakur's "The Deep," Iceland's shortlisted Oscar entry that didn't place as one of the five hallowed nominations, has picked up 11 Edda Awards at Iceland's annual ceremony celebrating the best in film and television. 11 wins (including Best Film, Director and Lead Actor) is a record for the awards' 15 year history.
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"The Deep"
"The Deep"

Baltasar Kormakur's "The Deep," Iceland's shortlisted Oscar entry that didn't place as one of the five hallowed nominations, has picked up 11 Edda Awards at Iceland's annual ceremony celebrating the best in film and television. 11 wins (including Best Film, Director and Lead Actor) is a record for the awards' 15 year history.

"The Deep" is based on a 1980s true story of one man's miraculous survival after the sinking of his fishing boat. Pitched into the freezing waters off the Icelandic coast, the fisherman (played in the film by the rotund Olafur Darri Olafsson) swam to shore and hiked back to town without succumbing to hypothermia. The other crew onboard all perished. The film goes beyond the classic survival-adventure template and examines the mysterious reasons why the man would have survived, fascinatingly portraying the scientific tests he underwent following the accident, his resulting celebrity, and the overwhelming religious beliefs of his small-town community.

We previously interviewed Kormakur about the film's production, which required him to swim in the north Atlantic to get the shots he wanted, and about his upcoming plans to direct a Viking-era project.

Focus World has US rights to the film, and plans a theatrical release in the first half of this year.

Here's the full list of Edda Awards won by "The Deep":

Film of the Year:  The Deep

Best Director:  Baltasar Kormákur

Best Actor in a Leading Role:  Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

Best Cinematography:  Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson

Best Editing:  Sverrir Kristjansson and Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir

Best Production Design:  Atli Geir Grétarsson

Best Sound Design:  Kjartan Kjartansson and Ingvar Lundberg

Best Original Score:  Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason

Best Visual Effects:  Dadi Einarsson

Best Costumes:  Helga I. Stefánsdóttir

Best Hair and Make-up:  Ragna Fossberg

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, The Deep, 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.