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Baltasar Kormakur dreams of film village; acquires land in Reykjavik

Baltasar Kormakur is dreaming big: after a string of successful Icelandic dramas, in the last twelve months he has boomed on the international stage. First came his major US film, Everest, and then earlier this year we were treated to the crime series that is Trapped. Now, after releasing the ultimate Kormakur film, The Oath, he has his eyes set on the Icelandic film industry and a potential for a ‘Icywood’ (Icelandic Hollywood? Don’t think an official title has been announced!)

RVK Studios, the production company owned/created by Baltasar Kormakur, has bought a block of land outside the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, as a potential home for local and foreign shoots.

He spoke to film publication Screen during the Reykjavik Film Festival, say that it wasn’t his chance at getting in on the housing market, but rather “a film village, the beginning of a creative village, a village of creative industries for Reykjavik”.

RVK paid around $2.6 million USD for the land and the post-war buildings that came with it.

Kormakur also says that a hotel may be built on the waterfront, so cast and crew members can offset costs by staying there.

Kormakur has had his eyes set on the land since the late 1990s, and hopes to have it functional next year so he can film his upcoming Viking epic there.

 

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.