The Deep
The Deep

The Deep

Based on actual events, a fisherman tries to survive in the freezing ocean after his boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland.


On a cold night in March 1984, a few miles off the south coast of Iceland, a fishing boat sank along with all of its men. Miraculously, one of its crewmembers survived. After six hours battling the ocean for his life, the exhausted young titan, washes ashore, only to find himself in a deadly lava field.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: September 21, 2012, Háskólabíó, Smárabíó, Laugarásbíó, Borgarbíó
  • International Premiere Date: September 7, 2012, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Toronto
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 93 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Djúpið
  • International Title: The Deep
  • Production Year: 2012
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Norway
  • IMDB: The Deep
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Based on a : Play
  • Antecendent Title: Inspired by true events and a stage play by the same name
  • Production Format: RED
  • Aspect Ratio: 2:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP with English subtitles



Company Credits


  • Tromsö International Film Festival, 2018
  • Icelandic Film Festival, Indlandi, 2015
  • Chennai International Film Festival, 2015
  • Avvantura Festival Film Forum Zadar, 2014
  • Nordic Lights Film Festival, 2014
  • Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival, 2014
  • Whitehead Film Festival, 2014
  • Mosaico Film Festival, 2014
  • Icelandic Film Festival, Nuuk, 2014
  • Hecho en Europa Film Festival, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2013
  • Cinequest, San José, Bandaríkjunum, 2013
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2013
  • Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2013
  • Seattle International Film Festival, 2013
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, 2013
  • Gothenburg International Film Festival, Sweden, 2013 - Award: In competition.
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Scandinavia House New York, USA, 2013
  • Scandinavian Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2013
  • Tokyo Northern Lights Film Festival, Japan, 2013
  • Miami International Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Cinenordica, Paris, France, 2013
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Sonoma International Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Washington DC Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico, 2013
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2013 - Award: Feature film of the year. Director of the year (Baltasar Kormákur. Actor of the year (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson). Cinematography of the year (Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson). Editing of the year (Sverrir Kristjánsson and Elísabet Rónaldsdóttir). Special effects of the year (Daði Einarsson). Set design of the year (Atli Geir Grétarsson). Music of the year (Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason). Sound design of the year (Kjartan Kjartansson and Ingvar Lundberg). Costume design of the year (Helga I. Stefánsdóttir). Make-up achievement of the year (Ragna Fossberg). Nominated for script of the year (Jón Atli Jónasson and Baltasar Kormákur. Nominated for actor of the year in a supporting role (Björn Thors, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson and Theodór Júlíusson. Nominated for actress of the year in a supporting role (Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir).
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, 2013
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2013
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2012
  • Mar del Plata International Fillm Festival, Buenos Aires, 2012
  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2012
  • Mill Valley Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, 2012
  • Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar, 2012
  • European Film Forum Scanorama, Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda and Siauliai, Lithuania, 2012
  • Festroia International Film Festival, Setúbal, Portugal

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