Iceland’s film leaders have chosen ‘The Deep’ to represent the country at the upcoming Academy Awards in Hollywood.
The Baltasar Kormakur production, which depicts a fishing boat accident in the icy waters off the Iceland’s coastline, has been selected as the island nation’s contender for the category of best foreign-language film, the Icelandic Film and Television Academy announced on Thursday.
The Deep, based on a true story from 1984, stars Olafur Darri Olafsson, whose character manages to make his way to shore as the only survivor after his vessel sank. The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and received high praise from critics for its gripping underwater scenes.
The filmmakers are hoping the picture will become the second-only Icelandic production ever nominated for an Oscar. The first came in 1992 via ‘Children of Nature’, directed by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson.
Five films will be selected as nominees for this year’s award; they will be revealed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on 10 January, whilst the Oscar ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 24 February.