The Deep aims high with 16 nominations for Iceland's Edda Awards
- Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur's Oscar candidate and Óskar Þór Axelsson's Black's Game compete in 16 and 15 categories for Iceland's national film award
Icelandic directors Baltasar Kormákur’s The Deep [+see also:
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100 film and television films (comprising seven films, 17 documentaries, seven shorts) were submitted for this year’s awards, which the Icelandic Film and Television Academy will host at a February 16/Channel 2 televised ceremony in Reykjavik’s Harpan.
The Deep depicts “an iconic moment in the country’s history, which everyone over 35 remembers”, when in March 1984 a fishing boat sank with its entire crew a few miles off the South Coast of Iceland, and one man miraculously survived. Axelsson’s crime drama describes the development of Iceland’s underground from petty criminals to an organised and violent industry.
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