Iceland’s ‘Trapped’ at TIFF 2015


The latest Nordic Noir series premieres at Toronto Film Festival

In the middle of a murder investigation, a rural coastal town nestled within a vast and spectacular fjord is enveloped in an almighty storm. Following the arrival of a Danish ship and the grisly discovery of a severed corpse in the harbour, Chief of Police Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) sets his sights on the mysterious vessel. However, when the tempestuous environment causes Andri to become confined within the ship’s quarters amongst the suspicious crew, he must uncover the crime in an even harsher claustrophobic climate.

This character-driven series combines the palpable tension found in iconic Scandi-crimes shows matched with the scintillating plots; fuelled by the controversial protagonists of award-winning Nordic drama. The treacherous setting which can be seen in thrillers such as Insomnia (1997) and Fortitude (2015- ) receives a refreshing change of location. This time there is a twist as the series launches Iceland into the spotlight of Nordic realm, often dominated by Sweden and Denmark.

Nordic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur is best known for his writing, directing and producing Icelandic films such as 101 Reykjavík (2000) and reunites with actor Ólafsson from The Deep (2012). His recent foray into English-language cinema has generated international acclaim with Everest (2015); a poignant dramatisation of the fateful expedition of 1996. As well as boasting a Hollywood ensemble including Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright and Jake Gyllenhaal, the cast of Everest featured Icelandic stars Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (Trapped) and Stormur Jón Kormákur Baltasarsson (Reykjavik-Rotterdam, 2008). Trapped co-stars recognisable faces: Bjarne Henriksen – Theis Birk Larsen in The Killing I (2007) and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson – Eric Odegard from Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude (2015- ).

The outstanding panoramic views of Iceland’s equally enigmatic and exquisite landscape are complimented by the score, from Academy Award nominee composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything, 2014 and Prisoners, 2013). Trapped continues to showcase the sublime production value invested in Nordic television on a cinematic scale.

Trapped is coming to UK screens soon