Sponsored by Wells Fargo
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhann G. Jóhannsson, Theodór Júlíusson
On March 11, 1984, a fishing boat sailing from the Westmann Islands sank in the frigid waters off the south coast of Iceland. Against withering odds, lone survivor Gudlaugur (Gulli) Fridthórsson swam nearly seven kilometers of hostile sea to return to land, where he would be welcomed home a national hero and medical curiosity. Gulli’s ordeal is the subject of Baltasar Kormákur’s The Deep, an intimately realistic depiction of one man’s determined battle to survive. The extraordinary true story begins unremarkably: Crewmembers go boozing the night before and nurse next-morning hangovers as their families see them off into the predawn darkness. Yet these quotidian preparations take place against a backdrop of awesome natural power—volcanoes, snowstorms, aurora borealis and an angry sea. Kormákur gets the most out of this juxtaposition, shooting many of his interiors in close quarters before unleashing young Gulli, exhausted and treading water, into a desperate struggle that does not end at the shoreline.
The members screening on October 9 is free to CFI members presenting a ticket.
Film Note Writer: Aaron Lazenby