A celebrated film director, producer and actor, Baltasar Kormakur was born on 27 February 1966 in Reykjavik, Iceland. His father is the renowned Spanish painter Baltasar Samper, and his mother is Icelandic. He has a son named Baltasar Breki. Baltasar Kormakur speaks various languages including Icelandic, English, Danish and Spanish. He graduated from the Iceland’s National Academy of Fine Arts in 1990 as an actor. 

Baltasar then worked as a young performing artist at the National Theatre of Iceland until the year of 1997. After writing several different projects, Kormakur got an international hit with the feature film, “101 Reykjavik”, in which he acted, directed and produced. The film scored the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2001, he was named as one of European films’ Shooting Stars by European Film Production. He was also selected as one of the “10 Directors to Watch,” along with Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolanwears mutliple hats. He is one of >> Read More... , Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and others new to the industry.

Kormakur’s second film, “The Sea (Icelandic: Hafio)” was released in 2002 and received international acclamation. He won various awards for the movie including the 2002 Edda Awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director. 

Kormakur made a debut as an actor in the film ‘Devil’s Island’, a dark comedy directed by Friorik Por Frioriksson. He was set to direct a drama film ‘ Rocketman Click to look into! >> Read More... ’ along with Dagur Kari in the year 2011. His 2012 venture ‘The Deep’ was selected for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards under the category of Icelandic entry. His movie, ‘A Little Trip to Heaven’ won the FIPRESCI prize at the Goteborg Film Festival in the year 2006. Kormakur fetched the Crystal Globe award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the year 2007 along with Lilja Palmadottir (Producer) for the movie Myrin. For the same movie, Kormakur won the Grand Prize along with the producers of the movie at the Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films.

The son of a prominent artist, Kormakur made a mark in the world of cinema with his outstanding talent and stunning performance. He is all set to produce the film, “The Oath”, a psychological thriller, along with Agnes Johansen under the RVK Studios banner. 

Ken Wales

Ken Wales is an American cinema personality who has produced a couple of TV shows and movies. Ken was born in the town of Salem (Indiana County) in the United States of America in the year 1939. His parents named him as Kenyard Wales Smith. Ken Wales is one of the proteges of the late Walt Disney. After spending five days with Ken, Walt agreed to finance his studies at a cinema school. In 1958, Ken made his acting debut in Torpedo Run. In the same year, he also featured in Flight for two episodes. After working on a lot of projects, Ken appeared as a commander in the war drama Operation Bottleneck. However, Ken rarely got credits courtesy his minor roles. In 1983, Ken starred in The Prodigal as “Crusade Chairman.” In 1967, Ken turned into a producer. In 1971, Ken opted to finance the cinematic adaptation of Evelyn Anthony’s novel “The Tamarind Seed.” Ken zeroed in on Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif for the lead roles. In fact, it was Julie’s comeback film after taking a break for four years. This movie is released on 7 November 1974 in the theaters to a positive reception. With a budget of 2 million American dollars, The Tamarind Seed was able to recover it by earning over $13 million at the Box-Office. It also got a Royal Command Performance as well. In 1977, he bought the rights to Ernest Hemingway’s Island in the Stream to make a film on the story. It is about Thomas Hudson who left his home to live a peaceful life in the Bahamas. Ken collaborated with Blake Edwards to make “Revenge of the Pink Panther.” His production house shot some of the scenes in Hong Kong too. In 2006, Ken produced Amazing Grace which focused on the themes like slave trade and religion in the British Empire. As a matter of fact, Ken joined the likes of Terrence Malick, Patricia Heaton, and David Hunt to finance the historical drama. It featured Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock, Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, and Albert Finney. Upon its release, critics and the audience liked the motion picture. Some said that the film is a fitting tribute to the bicentennial celebrations of a law which criminalized the slave trade. Its release date coincided with that of the passage of the bill two hundred years ago. Amazing Grace won accolades such as Christopher Award, Humanitas Prize, and others. In an interview, Wales told that he wished to make a movie on Wilberforce’s involvement in the revolution. He also admitted that he prayed to God for a decent cast to achieve his dream. In addition to his wish, he also wanted British actors to be in the film too.

Ken Wales English Actor