The flurry of fortune continues for the illustrious Icelandic Noir
Between the 15th to 21st October in Berlin, Baltasar Kormákur’s highest-grossing mystery series Trapped celebrated another accolade at the European Broadcasting Festival, Prix Europa: “Europe’s largest festival for Television, Radio and the Online Media”. The popular Icelandic show claimed the prestigious title of ‘Best European TV Fiction Series or Serial of the Year’.
To complement the prize, the words from the Jury at the Prix Europa epitomises the award-winning show’s gravitas: “This outstanding series is based on an exceptional male character, supported by a fantastic cast, set in a stunning landscape, also fighting the forces of nature.” Further praise from the awarding body speaks volumes for why Trapped is an extraordinary feat in televisual entertainment: “What happens when crime enters your quiet daily live and endangers your family. When you know that someone threatening is out there and can’t get away… as you yourself can’t get away due to heavy snowfall, made visible by exceptional camera and production work. When you are trapped and the only way out is to solve the crime that got washed ashore with the last ship entering the harbour. Wonderful characters, precisely directed and filmed in the exceptional atmosphere of the Icelandic winter make it easy for the viewer to follow the journey of an ordinary guy who has to find his inner hero.”
Notably, there was another win for the Nordic countries at this year’s ceremony, with Norway’s political series, Nobel, recognised as the ‘Best European TV Movie or Mini-Series of the Year’. Now, RVK Studios can add the Prix Europa trophy to their gleaming collection of achievements from Iceland’s Edda Awards for Trapped: Television Drama/Comedy of the Year, Best Music, and Best Visual Effects.
Visionary filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur has sustained his acclaim on the festival circuit at TIFF 2016, with the new documentary feature The Oath. Back home, Kormákur has recently revealed more news on his plans for his ‘Media Land’ in the heart of Iceland. The 40,000 square-foot site will welcome a host of entertainment companies, indigenous burgeoning talent, and attract international studios due to the tax rebate inflation. The second season of Trapped is on the slate of productions we can look forward to seeing from them in the near future.