Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Baltasar Kormakur has become a prominent director in Hollywood (he just wrapped the Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg-starrer 2 Guns for Universal), the helmer hasn’t given up making films in his home country of Iceland. And believe me, it’s much harder there. Take a look at what Kormakur went through–and what his lead actor Olafur Darri Olafsson endured–to make The Deep, about a 1984 tragedy in which a fishing boat capsized, and everyone died but one man, who swam for hours in temperatures so cold just about nobody could have survived them. The film, which Focus World releases next year, is Iceland’s Oscar submission, and aspired to be among the nine Foreign language films left in the race, which gets announced at week’s end.

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