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Börkur Sigthórsson's Vultures enters post-production

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- The upcoming Icelandic thriller, starring Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Baltasar Breki Samper and Anna Próchniak, is being produced by Baltasar Kormákur's RVK Studios

Börkur Sigthórsson's Vultures enters post-production
Vultures by Börkur Sigthórsson (© WestEnd Films/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 WickAtomic 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 (TrappedThe Oath [+see also:
trailer
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]
) for RVK Studios, a Reykjavik-based firm run by Kormákur himself. Over the last few years, RVK has produced several successful feature films and TV series, such as The Oath, Everest [+see also:
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trailer
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]
, Trapped and Virgin Mountain [+see also:
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trailer
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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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trailer
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interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
festival scope
film profile
]
, Julia), production designer Heimir Sverrisson (NoahVirgin Mountain) and Australian composer Ben Frost, the creator of a number of soundtracks for the Icelandic TV and film industry (Fortitude, Dark, The Deep [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
). 

British firm WestEnd Films, currently in charge of Vultures’ international sales, has not yet disclosed the official release date.

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