The new feature film from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur, Everest, has been chosen to open the Venice Film Festival, one of the worlds oldest and most prestigious film festivals. The festival runs from September 2-12, and is the first time that an Icelandic director has received the honour of opening a prestigious festival.
Based on a true story, Everest that follows the disastrous events that occurred on Mount Everest in 1996, which led to the deaths of several climbers. The films cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Josh Brolin and Emily Watson. The Icelandic actor Ingvar E. Sigurdsson and the Iceland-based Danish actress Charlotte Boving also appear in the film. The Icelandic visual effects studio RVX created many of the film’s visual effects.
Kormákur follows in the footsteps of Oscar winners Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, who opened the Venice Film Festival with Gravity (2013) and Birdman (2014), respectively. Incidentally, Alfonso Cuarón will head up the jury at this year’s festival.