The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) presents the world premiere of the new Icelandic man-vs-man-vs-nature thriller Trapped.
Similar to France’s The Returned (Les Revenants), whose second season’s first two episodes will have their International Premiere under TIFF’s inaugural “Primetime” program, the first episode of Iceland’s new series Trapped (Ófærð) will also have its World Premiere at TIFF’s program for “high-quality television programs from around the globe.” Tickets to screenings are still available.
Created by Icelandic director/producer/actor Baltasar Kormákur (Everest, 101 Reykjavík, The Deep), the Nordic noir thriller Trapped follows a murder investigation, drastically complicated by a snowstorm, in the small town of Seyðisfjörður on the edge of Iceland.
Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, The Deep, A Walk Among the Tombstones) is Seyðisfjörður’s Chief of Police, a cop whose duties are rather pedestrian in this quiet community, until the mutilated torso and dismembered limbs of an unidentified man are found in the fjord.
Local fishermen make this gruesome discovery soon after an international ferry arrives in port. Suspecting that it is the scene of the crime, Andri detains the ferry and everyone on board in an effort to catch the killer.
However, the mystery is made more menacing when a powerful blizzard blows in, stranding everyone in town and on the now-iced-in ferry, trapping them without any way of getting help from the outside. Worsening matters is the ferry’s captain Carlsen (Bjarne Henriksen, Borgen, The Killing), who makes things even more out of control and more daunting for Andri than they already are.
Trapped, the most expensive television series ever produced in Iceland, with a cost of nearly 1 billion ISK (approximately £5 million or $7.6 million), costars Icelandic actors Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir (Virgin Mountain) and Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir (Undercurrent), amongst others.
Kormákur is the producer and director of Trapped, with Magnús Viðar Sigurðsson (Mr. Bjarnfreðarson) also producing, and Baldvin Zophoníasson (Life In A Fishbowl), Óskar Thór Axelsson (Black’s Game), and Börkur Sigþórsson (Come To Harm) also directing.
Trapped is written by Clive Bradley (City of Vice), Sigurjón Kjartansson (Ástríður), Ólafur Egilsson (Afinn), and Jóhann Ævar Grímsson (The Night Shift). Dan March and Klaus Zimmermann of Dynamic Television are executive producers.
The 10-part series is scheduled to make its broadcast premiere this winter on Iceland’s national public service broadcaster RUV, and in the UK on BBC Four at some point after the Iceland debut.
UPDATE: As per Deadline, The Weinstein Company has acquired US rights to Trapped. Details to follow in the coming weeks.