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BALTASAR KORMAKUR (Directed by) is an actor, producer and director whose work spans theater, movies and television. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Kormakur graduated as an actor from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 1990. He immediately signed on with 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, Kormakur also directed several ambitious works, after producing and directing highly popular independent stage productions alongside his acting projects with the National Theatre.

In 2000, Kormakur 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, with Alejandro Gonzalez IƱarritu, Lukas Moodysson and Christopher Nolan, among others. Soon after, Kormakur started Blueeyes Productions and, since then, has maintained his focus on writing, producing and directing feature films. His films The Sea, A Little Trip to Heaven, Jar City and Bruoguminn have all been very successful in Iceland and won numerous international awards. Kormakur'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. The film went on to become Iceland's Official Oscar entry for the foreign language category. It opened in Iceland on September 21, 2012, and took in more than 50% of the country's box-office receipts that weekend.

Since 2008, Kormakur has directed two other feature films in the U.S. Inhale, an independent film produced by the Los Angeles-based 26 Films that starred Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger and Sam Shepard, was released in October 2010. Universal Pictures and Working Title Films' Contraband, which starred Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Kate Beckinsale, took first place at the U.S. box office during its opening weekend in January 2012. Contraband was a remake of Oskar Jonasson's Reykjavik-Rotterdam, written by Arnaldur Indridason. Kormakur played the leading role and produced with Agnes Johansen through Blueeyes Productions.

Kormakur's next projects include the HBO pilot The Missionary, a spy thriller he directed, to be produced by Wahlberg, Steve Levinson and Malcolm Gladwell; and Everest, a cautionary tale about the 1996 disaster on the mountain that killed eight climbers over two days amid horrific mishaps and bad decisions. Working Title Films will produce Everest with Kormakur. His other upcoming projects are Viking, a big-budget actionadventure set in the world of the famed Norse warriors, which will film in Iceland; the American remake of Jar City, which Kormakur will produce along with the CEO of Lava Bear Films, David Linde; and Dagur Kari's Icelandic drama Rocketman, which Kormakur will produce. Recently, Kormakur optioned Iceland's beloved Nobel Prize-winning book "Independent People" to develop as a feature film.

Kormakur partnered with CCP Games, the world's leading independent developer of massive multiplayer games, to bring the EVE Online game to television. The new series will take its inspiration from the millions of people who have left their mark on the EVE universe via stories submitted to the Web site The RVK Studios team, in collaboration with CCP, will create an original concept and storyline set in the EVE universe, a future history of rival societies trapped beyond a wormhole in a dystopian sci-fi world.

All of Kormakur's films are made under his Blueeyes Productions, which recently opened a television arm and partnered with Dadi Einarsson and the Icelandic team at the visual effects company Framestore.

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