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Overview (4)

Born in Reykjavik, Iceland
Birth NameBaltasar Kormákur Samper
Nickname Balt
Height 6' 1¼" (1.86 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Baltasar Kormákur is an actor, producer and director whose work spans theater, movies and television. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, he graduated as an actor from Iceland's National Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He was immediately signed on by the National Theatre of Iceland, where he worked as one of the leading young performing artists until 1997. During the last two years of his assignment, he also directed several ambitious works, after having produced and directed highly popular, independent stage productions alongside his projects with the National Theatre. In 2000, he wrote, directed, acted in and produced the feature film "101 Reykjavik," which became an international hit and earned the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Subsequently, Variety selected him as one of the "10 Directors to Watch," along with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Lukas Moodysson, Christopher Nolan and other newcomers at the time.

Soon after, Kormákur started Blueeyes Productions and since then has maintained his focus on feature film writing, producing, and directing. His films "The Sea," "A Little Trip To Heaven," "Jar City" and "White Night Wedding" have all been very successful in Iceland, and won numerous international awards. Kormákur's "The Deep," which eerily captures the tragic real-life story of the lone survivor of a capsized fishing boat off the frigid Icelandic coast, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to become Iceland's Oscar nominee and was shortlisted for the foreign language Academy Award. It opened in Iceland on September 21, 2012 and took in over 50% of the country's box office receipts that weekend and earned a record number of Edda Awards, 11 in all, including Best Film of the Year, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Kormákur has also directed features in the United States, including "Inhale," an independent film produced by the LA based 26 Films, starring Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger and Sam Shepard and "Contraband," starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Kate Beckinsale, which took first place at the US box office during its opening weekend, early January 2012. Universal Pictures released "Contraband," which was a remake of Oskar Johansson's "Reykjavik Rotterdam," that starred Kormákur and he produced with Agnes Johansen through his Blueeyes Productions, along with Working Title Films.

Kormákur's next film was the thriller "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, which Universal Pictures will release in August 2013. Other projects include the HBO pilot "The Missionary," a spy thriller he will direct and Mark Wahlberg, Steve Levinson and Malcolm Gladwell will produce; "Everest," the cautionary tale and real life adventure on the mountain in 1996 when eight climbers died in the span of two days, due to a series of horrific mishaps and bad decisions. Working Title Films and Emmett/Furla Productions will produce "Everest" with Kormákur. Also, "Viking," a big budget action adventure set in the world of the famed Norse warriors, which will film in Iceland. Kormákur optioned Iceland's beloved, Nobel Prize-winning book Independent People to develop as a feature film and will produce the American remake of "Jar City" along with CEO of Lava Bear Films, David Linde. He is also producing the Icelandic drama "Rocketman," which acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Dagur Kari is directing.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: RA

Family (2)

Children Baltasar Breki Samper
Parents Baltasar Samper
Samper, Kristjana

Trivia (5)

His father is Baltasar Samper a well known artist in Iceland.
2001: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
His father is Spanish and his mother is Icelandic.
Speaks Icelandic, English, Spanish and Danish

Personal Quotes (6)

It doesn't matter where my movies are set. Right now, I have a script that's set in Canada and is in English. Just because I was born on the island [Iceland] doesn't mean I want to spend the rest of my life telling stories for 300,000 people. It helps that I'm half-Spanish, because the market I can reach is much bigger.
I don't see Hollywood as the big enemy, because this is where the money is, and not all of the companies are doing studio movies. I'm not tempted to sell out. If I'm going to become well known, I want it to be for something I'm proud of.
The winters are too long, and there's only one airline, so it's difficult to escape when you feel frustrated or claustrophobic. The audience for our films isn't very large, so it's difficult to support an industry. But, Iceland is beautiful. Sometimes it's hard to imagine living anywhere else
[on the response to Adrift (2018)] One thing I noticed when making a female-driven movie is that every critic in the world is a man. It's like 80 percent. How are we going to fix this gender issue if the people writing up [films] are all middle-aged men? I would suggest that Rotten Tomatoes has two ratings, women and men, until this is adjusted. At least make it visible. The same for IMDB. It's all men, and mostly fanboys. By making it visible, then people will notice and look at [it] differently. [June 2018]
[believing Jake Gyllenhaal shares a kind of spirit with Scott Fischer, who he portrays in Everest (2015)] For me it's all about the energy. His energy was different than Jason's [Jason Clarke], which made the experience all the more enjoyable and more fun. Scott was a great climber also, but he definitely approached it differently than Rob, and Jake has nailed that.
[on Everest (2015)] It's fantastic to be able to do a mountain movie where you can cast women as well. It's not like you see in male-driven stories when they will try to shoehorn in the women; in this case there is no shoehorning. They are actually part of the story, and that's the reality. The drama that was happening at Base Camp, and at home at the same time, is very much part of the story.

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