The film won a slew of awards at the Edda Awards last year, which is the rough equivalent to the Oscars in Kormákur’s native Iceland. And after seeing the UK trailer surface a few weeks back, Metrodome have released a new Making Of featurette.
Based on incredible real life events, The Deep tells the story of a lone survivor of a fishing boat accident, who defies nature by surviving the freezing Icelandic sea in the midst of winter. Persevering against the odds, he makes the journey to islands nearby and now must face a gruelling trek across volcanic terrain before eventually arriving to safety. His intense ordeal wins him international attention, but brings the pressure of extensive physical investigation as he is left to deal with the effects of his reluctant celebrity status. The film’s stunning, nearly monochromatic visuals, other-worldly landscapes and haunting sounds of nature at its cruelest, make this an unmissable film.
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson leads the cast, starring alongside Jóhann G. Jóhannsson, Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir, Theodór Júlíusson, María Sigurðardóttir, Björn Thors, and Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson.
And Kormákur is directing from a script he co-wrote with Jón Atli Jónasson (Frost).
The film of course isn’t the only one we’ll see this year set out in the ocean, with J.C. Chandor’s anticipated All Is Lost arriving in the height of the Oscar season this October. Whilst the stories themselves greatly differ, it will be interesting to see how the scenes out in the ocean compare come year’s end.
The Deep will be heading into UK cinemas this Friday, 12th July, and is available on VOD in the US now.