Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, located in New York, is currently presenting a special sneak peek of the films chosen by the Nordic countries to compete for the Oscar nomination for the category of Best Foreign Language Film 2009. The Icelandic entry, Reykjavík-Rotterdam, will be screened on January 14.
Reykjavík-Rotterdam (2008) by director Óskar Jónasson features Kristófer (Baltasar Kormákur), who is stuck in a dull everyday routine, working as a security guard. He got fired from the freighter where he used to work for smuggling alcohol.
Faced with money problems, Kristófer is tempted to accept the help of his friend, Steingrímur (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson), who manages to pull some strings to get his old job back. He decides to take his chances one last time on a tour to Rotterdam.
“Reykjavík-Rotterdam has all the action one would expect from a Hollywood production: guns, big explosions and intriguing plot twists,” a Scandinavia House press release describes.
An English-language remake of the film starring Mark Wahlberg is scheduled for release in 2011.
The other Nordic films screened by Scandianvia House this month are Involuntary from Sweden, Terribly Happy from Denmark and Letters to Father Jacob from Finland.
For further details on the screenings, visit Scandinavia House’s website.
Click here to read more about Reykjavík-Rotterdam.
Photo Courtesy of the Icelandic Film Center.