Iceland digs ‘Deep’ for Oscar

Kormakur's film will vie for foreign-lingo nom

LONDON — The Icelandic Film and Television Academy has selected Baltasar Kormakur’s “The Deep” to rep the country in the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.

The pic, which screened at the Toronto Film Festival, is based on a true story. It recounts how a fishing boat sinks off Iceland, and only one crew member survives. After six hours in the ocean, the man (Olafur Darri Olafsson) washes ashore, only to find himself on a deadly lava field.

Kormakur co-penned the script with Jon Atli Jonasson. Kormakur and Agnes Johansen produced. BlueEyes Prods., and Filmhuset Produksjoner co-produced.

Kormakur, whose credits include “101 Reykjavik,” “Jar City” and “Contraband,” is now in post-production on “2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

Only one Icelandic film has been Oscar nommed in this category before: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s “Children of Nature” in 1992.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign film on Jan. 10. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

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