EFM 2017: Baltasar Kormákur's THE OATH Lands A U.S. Summer Release

It's been a bustling two days for Contraband and Everest helmer Baltasar Kormákur ahead of EFM. His Aaron and Jordan Kendall-penned Adrift, landed at STX Films earlier this week and now word has it that his Icelandic thriller, The Oath, has landed at Gunpowder & Sky distribution for U.S. release this summer.

Next to directing and producing under his RVK banner, the film also marks Kormákur's eight-year return to acting along with co-stars, actress Hera Hilmar and actor Gísli Örn Garðarsson. Here's how programmer Steve Gravestock described the film ahead of its Special Presentation at TIFF late last year.
Actor-director Baltasar Kormákur, a long-time Festival favourite, returns with one of his most powerful films to date, a domestic thriller that closes in on both its hero and its audience with rigorous, suspenseful precision. 
Finnur (Kormákur), a prominent physician, is dealing simultaneously with both the death of his father and the increasingly erratic behaviour of his eldest daughter, Anna (Hera Hilmar). Perplexed, he suspects that Anna's new boyfriend, Óttar (Gísli Örn Garðarsson), may be the cause. A frantic late-night call from Anna convinces Finnur that he must get the creepy Óttar out of his daughter's life for good. But Óttar's hold over her is unshakeable, the authorities prove completely useless, and he turns out to be much more ruthless than Finnur anticipated. Finnur feels increasingly powerless — a position that is both horrifying and heartbreaking. 
The Oath offers a profoundly universal tale about a parent's responsibility for — and anxiety over — his adult children. At the same time, the film is uniquely Icelandic, ruminating on both the impact of the country's relatively sudden urbanization (Finnur's father, a sinister and abusive figure, was a rancher who lived alone for much of his life) and its long-standing tradition of dogged independence. Finnur's dilemma, caught up in his quest for personally delivered justice, evokes Icelandic sagas. 
With stellar work from Garðarsson, Hilmar (Anna Karenina, Life in a Fishbowl), and the director-star himself, The Oath is a welcome addition to the oeuvre of one of our most consistent and skilful filmmakers, reminding us that Kormákur is equally adept at both genre and thought-provoking drama.
via Deadline
The Oath was a real passion project for me and RVK,” says Kormákur. “We’re thrilled to partner with Gunpowder & Sky who share our enthusiasm for the film. We look forward to the North American release.”
Hilmar herself was recently cast as the lead in Peter Jackson's novel adaptation, Mortal Engines, for its Spring production ahead of its December 14, 2018 from Universal Pictures and MRC. Kormákur's Adrift, which stars Shailene Woodley in the biographical telling of Tami Oldham's fight for survival with her fiancè while stranded 1,500 miles away from land amid the Pacific Ocean, commeces shooting in June.

Check out a festival trailer below and stay tuned for its official U.S. assets for its release.


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