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
, 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 ‘
’ 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.