Iceland, France, Norway
This is quite a complicated system and very contradictory to say the least When the system was legalized, the "quota rights" ware basically given out to a certain number of people and fishing industries according to their recent "track record" at sea; i.e. according to how active they had been in terms of quantity of fish pulled out of sea for a certain period of time prior to the execution of this legislation.
This crisis is basically the Background of the film; where set. THE SEA takes place in one of those fishing villages on the East Coast of Iceland; a village that used to be a vivid, efficient fishing village, basically run by one man, Thordur, the owner of the bus,-fishing plant The semi-retired, tyrannical, hard working Thordur who has been "king" in the village (and in his family too) for many decades as the owner of the fishing plant, is fighting against his elder son who would like his father to submit to the new economical and technical realities...
The film tells the conflict between members of a family where a tyrant father, who has suppressed all the other members for such a long time, has to face a show-down when he has gathered the whole family together for a family least.
THE SEA was shot an location in Neskaupstadur, one of those places where the traces of "the golden days" have been fading over the last lo years or so. In the magnificent fjord which is surrounded by beautiful mountains, the small houses and run-down factories form a great contrast that I wanted to use specifically in telling this story.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Written by: Baltasar Kormákur, Olafur Haukur Simonarson
Produced by: Jean-François Fonlupt, Baltasar Kormákur
Cinematography: Jean-Louis Vialard
Editing: Valdis Oskarsdottir
Production Design: Tonie Jan Zetterström
Costume Design: Thorunn Elisabet Sveinsdóttir
Original Score: Jón Ásgeirsson
Cast: Gunnar Eyjolfsson (Þórður), Hilmir Snaer Gudnason (Ágúst), Helene de Fougerolles (Françoise), Nina Dogg Filippusdottir (María), Herdis Thorvaldsdottir (Kata), Sigurður Skúlason (Haraldur), Sven Nordin Sigurdur (Guomundur), Kristbjörg Kjeld (Kristín), Elva Osk Olafsdottir (Áslaug)
Nominations and Awards
- Feature Film Selection 2002