Baltasar Kormákur Samper (born 27 February 1966) is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is best known for directing the films 101 Reykjavík, Hafið, A Little Trip to Heaven (starring Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker), a film based on the book Mýrin (Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason, Contraband, 2 Guns (starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington) and Everest.
Baltasar Kormákur at the 42nd KVIFF, 2007
Baltasar Kormákur Samper
27 February 1966
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
Life and careerEdit
Kormákur was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. His father is the Spanish painter Baltasar Samper. His son is actor Baltasar Breki Samper.
For his film Mýrin, he won the Crystal Globe award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2007. In December 2011, it was announced the production of a drama film Rocketman with Baltasar Kormákur and Dagur Kári was set to direct the film. His 2012 film The Deep was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist. In January 2013, it was again announced that the film will be produced by Kormákur with his partner Agnes Johansen. Denmark's Nimbus Film will co-produce the film. The film's production started in February and will be filmed until the end of 2013, with an expected release in 2015. In February 2015, it was announced that his next film will be the crime-thriller, The Oath, which is based on a script by actor Ólafur Egilsson.
- 101 Reykjavík (2000)
- The Sea (Icelandic: Hafið) (2002)
- A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)
- Jar City (Icelandic: Mýrin) (2006)
- White Night Wedding (Icelandic: Brúðguminn) (2008)
- Inhale (2010)
- Contraband (2012)
- The Deep (2012)
- 2 Guns (2013)
- The Missionary (TV pilot) (2013)
- Everest (2015)
- Trapped (Icelandic: Ófærð) (TV series - season 1 2015-2016, season 2 late 2018)
- The Oath (2016)
- Adrift (2018)
Awards and honorsEdit
|2000||Chicago International Film Festival||Gold Hugo||101 Reykjavík||Nominated||New Directors Competition|
|2000||Edda Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Englar Alheimsins||Nominated|
|2000||Edda Awards||Best Film||101 Reykjavík||Nominated||Shared with: Ingvar Þórðarson|
|2000||Edda Awards||Best Director||101 Reykjavík||Nominated|
|2000||Edda Awards||Best Screenplay||101 Reykjavík||Won|
|2000||European Film Awards||European Discovery of the Year||101 Reykjavík||Nominated|
|2000||Locarno International Film Festival||Golden Leopard||101 Reykjavík||Nominated|
|2000||Locarno International Film Festival||Youth Jury Award: Euro<26||101 Reykjavík||Won|
|2000||Lubeck Nordic Film Days||Prize of the Ecumenical Jury||101 Reykjavík||Won|
|2000||Thessaloniki Film Festival||FIPRESCI Prize||101 Reykjavík||Won||"For the homogeneous and literary treating of complicated contemporary sexual relationships with a sense of humour."|
|2000||Toronto International Film Festival||Discovery Award||101 Reykjavík||Won||Tied With George Washington|
|2001||Berlin International Film Festival||Shooting Star||Won|
|2001||Bogota Film Festival||Golden Precolumbian Circle||101 Reykjavík||Nominated||Best film|
|2001||Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema||Best Film||101 Reykjavík||Nominated|
|2001||Pula Film Festival||Big Golden Arena||101 Reykjavík||Won||European Competition: Best Film|
|2001||Rouen Nordic Film Festival||Grand Jury Prize||101 Reykjavík||Won|
|2001||Tbilisi International Film Festival||Prize of the Union of Georgian Filmmakers||101 Reykjavík||Won|
|2002||Edda Awards||Best Screenplay||Hafið||Won||Shared with: Ólafur Haukur Símonarson|
|2002||Edda Awards||Best Film||Hafið||Won|
|2002||Edda Awards||Best Director||Hafið||Won|
|2002||Nordic Council Film Prize||Icelandic Entry||Hafið||Nominated|
|2002||San Sebastián Film Festival||Golden Seashell||Hafið||Nominated|
|2003||Istanbul International Film Festival||Golden Tulip||Hafið||Nominated|
|2003||Istanbul International Film Festival||FIPRESCI Prize||Hafið||Won||"For its deep observation of social and cultural wounds of a disintegrating family faced with globalization."|
|2003||Tromsø International Film Festival||Audience Award||Hafið||Won|
|2005||Nordic Council Film Prize||Icelandic Entry||Dís||Nominated||Shared with: Silja Hauksdóttir (director, writer), Birna Anna Björnsdóttir (writer), Oddný Sturludóttir (writer) and Agnes Johansen (producer)|
|2006||Cognac Festival du Film Policier||Critics Award||A Little Trip to Heaven||Won|
|2006||Edda Awards||Best Film||Mýrin||Won||Shared with: Agnes Johansen and Lilja Pálmadóttir (producers)|
|2006||Edda Awards||Best Director||Mýrin||Won|
|2006||Göteborg Film Festival||FIPRESCI Prize||A Little Trip to Heaven||Won|
|2006||Nordic Council Film Prize||Icelandic Entry||A Little Trip to Heaven||Nominated||Shared with: Edward Martin Weinman (writer) and Sigurjón Sighvatsson (producer)|
|2007||Nordic Council Film Prize||Icelandic Entry||Mýrin||Nominated||Shared with: Agnes Johansen and Lilja Pálmadóttir (producers)|
|2007||Karlovy Vary International Film Festival||Crystal Globe||Mýrin||Won||Shared with: Lilja Pálmadóttir (producer)|
|2007||Karlovy Vary International Film Festival||Don Quijote Award||Mýrin||Won|
|2008||Edda Awards||Best Film||Brúðguminn||Won|
|2008||Nordic Council Film Prize||Icelandic Entry||Brúðguminn||Nominated||Shared with: Ólafur Egilsson (writer), Agnes Johansen, Kim Magnusson, and Lilja Pálmadóttir (producers)|
|2008||Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films||Grand Prize||Mýrin||Won||Shared with: Agnes Johansen and Lilja Pálmadóttir (producers)|
|2008||Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films||Best Direct||Mýrin||Won|
|2010||Rouen Nordic Film Festival||Young Audience Award||Brúðguminn||Won|
|2011||Edda Awards||Best Director||Inhale||Nominated|
|2012||Les Arcs European Film Festival||Crystal Arrow||Djúpið||Nominated|
|2012||Mar del Plata Film Festival||Best Film||Djúpið||Nominated|
|2013||Edda Awards||Best Screenplay||Djúpið||Nominated||Shared with: Jón Atli Jónasson|
|2013||Edda Awards||Best Director||Djúpið||Won|
|2013||European Film Awards||Audience Award||Djúpið||Nominated|
|2013||Göteborg Film Festival||Dragon Award||Djúpið||Nominated||Best Nordic Film|
|2013||Locarno International Film Festival||Variety Piazza Grande Award||2 Guns||Nominated|
|2013||Nordic Council Film Prize||Icelandic Entry||Djúpið||Nominated|
|2014||Göteborg Film Festival||Nordic Honorary Dragon Award||Won|
|2015||CinemaCon||International Filmmaker of the Year||Won|
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- "The Oath". RVK Studios. 4 January 2013. Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2013.