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THINGS FALL APART
Monday, September 19th, 2016

The Icelandic director, screenwriter, actor and producer, Baltasar Kormákur, accomanied by his actors Hera Hilmer and Gísli Örn Gardarsson, scriptwriter Olafur Egill Egilsson and executive producer Agnes Johansen, gave a press conference after his film Eidurinn/ The Oath was screened in the Official Section yesterday. It shows how a successful heart surgeon’s seemingly perfect life begins to unravel when his daughter gets mixed up with a drug dealer. 

Kormákur said he had aimed to make a moral thriller to show how violence can shatter ordinary people’s lives. He had wanted to avoid the situation in many Hollywood films where there was a lot of shooting but everything turned out to be fine; in The Oath on the other hand there’s only one shot with dramatic consequences. He felt that dealing with social issues in a thriller format can be entertaining and he had tried not to lapse into melodrama but to let the film escalate into a thriller naturally.

The actors all stressed how topical the subject was and that it was having such a big impact at the moment in Iceland where a number of similar cases to the one in the film have recently hit the headlines.

As for the ambiguous ending, the director confessed that he had originally envisaged a more conclusive one but changed it to show how the main character will always be looking over his shoulder, racked with guilt. It’s a film about consequences.

A.O.

 

 

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