The Deep [12a]
2013, 95 mins
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Starring: Olafur Darri Olafsson
Although now a Hollywood regular (CONTRABAND, INHALE), Icelandic writer-director Kormákur returned home and to real events for this stirring, vividly realised tale of humanity overcoming the elements.
In 1984, after a raucous night in a waterfront bar, a trawler crew set off on a trip that turned to disaster when their net caught a rock, capsizing the boat. Trapped in a shrinking air pocket, bluff 22-year-old Gulli (Ólafsson) determined to swim several kilometres back to land with his childhood friend and shipmate Palli (Jóhannsson), who soon succumbed to the lethally cold water.
Sustained by physical tenacity, faith and hope, he eventually reached shore, only to shred his bare feet walking across the volcanic coastline. When he finally got home, to his humble surprise, he became a national hero.