Baltasar Kormákur’s The Oath to have world premiere at Toronto

Icelandic director/producer and occasionally actor Baltasar Kormákur is going to be premiering his new Icelandic production, The Oath, as a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival, which takes place in Toronto, Canada between the 8th and 18th of September.

This will be Kormákur’s third film to screen at Toronto, with The Deep selected for the programme before touring 36 international festivals and winning 11 Edda Awards, and the first two episodes of Trapped being screened in the Primetime section last year.

The Oath tells the story of Finnur, a successful heart surgeon and father of two. When his daughter, Anna, gets mixed up in a manipulative, drug-dealing boyfriend, his damily life begins to unravel. As the boyfriends grip around Anna tightens, Finnur has no choice but to take drastic measures.

The Oath will have Kormákur himself in the lead role (Kormákur has previously led two Icelandic films: 101 Reykjavik and Reykjavik-Rotterdam) and he will star alongside Hera Hilmar (Life in a Fishbowl) and Gísli Örn Gardarsson. It was produced by Magnús Vidar Sigurdsson and Kormákur for Iceland’s RVK Studios. The international sales are handled by LA-based XYZ Films.


Emma Vestrheim

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.