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Óskar Jónasson, 2008
Iceland/Germany/Netherlands | Format: 35mm | 88 minutes
Star Baltasar Kormákur in person!
Just re-made by Hollywood as the mega-hit Contraband (directed by Baltasar Kormákur, star of Reykjavík Rotterdam), this international sensation seamlessly combines an affecting family drama with a razor’s edge crime thriller. Fresh from a stint in prison, Christopher (Kormákur) tries to start a new life while patching up his relationship with his wife. But when he discovers that his thick-headed brother-in-law has crossed the mob in a smuggling deal, and now owes an insane amount of money, Christopher has no choice but to return to the criminal life, getting a job on board a ship with the hope of relieving it of some of its cargo. An engaging cat-and-mouse game, with some affectionate hat-tips to the films that inspired it.