Börkur Sigthórsson's Vultures enters post-production
by Davide Abbatescianni
- The upcoming Icelandic thriller, starring Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Baltasar Breki Samper and Anna Próchniak, is being produced by Baltasar Kormákur's RVK Studios
Shot in Reykjavik and its surroundings between March and April 2017, Börkur Sigthórsson's debut feature, Vultures, is a promising new Icelandic thriller. The film, edited by Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir (John Wick, Atomic Blonde), is currently in the post-production phase.
The story, penned entirely by Sigthórsson himself, is set in the capital and revolves around sharp-suited Erik (Gísli Örn Garðarsson), who is facing serious financial problems and therefore seeks help from his brother Atli (Baltasar Breki Samper), a petty criminal just released from prison. Initially distant and incompatible, the differences between the two brothers vanish as they team up to smuggle a shipment of cocaine into Iceland, inside plastic pellets swallowed by Sofia (Anna Próchniak), a young Polish drug dealer. The situation rapidly evolves when rule-breaking cop Lena (Marijana Jankovic) starts closing in on them and Sofia falls ill. With the drugs yet to reach their destination and a rival gang demanding a slice of the profits, Atli and Erik will be short on time and under incredible pressure.
The leads, Gísli Örn Garðarsson and Baltasar Breki Samper, have starred in a number of mostly Icelandic TV and film productions. Próchniak, who portrays Sofia, is a promising Polish actress, known for taking on the role of Weronika in the TV crime-drama Belle Epoque. Jankovic, who plays Lena, is a Danish actress of Montenegrin descent. To play this role, Jankovic learned Icelandic and Polish for the shoot.
Vultures is being produced by award-winning and internationally acclaimed Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and Agnes Johansen (Trapped, The Oath [+see also:
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The crew includes other experienced filmmakers, such as director of photography Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson (Of Horses and Men [+see also:
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British firm WestEnd Films, currently in charge of Vultures’ international sales, has not yet disclosed the official release date.
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