Peter Flinth boucle le tournage d'Against the Ice
- Ce nouveau film par le réalisateur danois a été tourné en anglais ; il est produit par RVK Studios, qui a fait la série originale Netflix Katla et s'occupe de la production Entrapped
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A new Icelandic production has recently wrapped principal photography. The feature, entitled Against the Ice and shot in the English language, is helmed by Danish director Peter Flinth (Nobel’s Last Will [+lire aussi :
fiche film], Eye of the Eagle), and was penned by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Derrick, who adapted Ejnar Mikkelsen’s 1957 novel Two Against the Ice.
The story is set in 1909, when Denmark’s Alabama expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (played by Coster-Waldau) was attempting to disprove the United States’ claim to North-Eastern Greenland, a dispute that was rooted in the idea that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land. Leaving the crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen sleds across the ice with his inexperienced crew member Iver Iversen (Joe Cole). The two men succeed in finding proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes longer and is much harder than expected. Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive, only to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned. Hoping to be rescued, they must now fight to stay alive. As the days grow longer, their mental grip on reality starts to fade, breeding mistrust and paranoia, a dangerous cocktail in their fight for survival. Against the Ice is a true story of friendship, love and the awe-inspiring power of companionship. Alongside Coster-Waldau and Cole, the film will star seasoned actor Charles Dance (the TV series The Crown, Mank) and young thesp Heida Reed (the TV series Poldark). DoP Torben Forsberg, sound recordist Pétur Einarsson, editor Morten Hojbjerg and Oscar-nominated composer Volker Bertelmann are also attached to the project.
Speaking about its making, writer-actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said: “Against the Ice has been a passion project for me from the very beginning. It combines a lot of themes that excite me: adventure, Greenland, companionship, loyalty and love. It is an intense exploration of two men, two opposites, trapped in an epic, dangerous setting. It is also a story of living under extreme pressure and circumstances, of the constant struggle for survival, fighting off the threats of extreme cold, a lack of food, hungry polar bears and, not least, the frailty of the human mind. Peter Flinth sent me the book Two Against the Ice by Ejnar Mikkelsen. I read it, fell in love with it and started adapting it together with Joe Derrick. Together, we set up our own banner: ill kippers.”
Meanwhile, producer Baltasar Kormákur added: “It was an honour when David Kosse asked me to join the team of Against the Ice and take the helm as the lead producer. The true story of Mikkelsen and Iversen grabbed my attention from the get-go. It’s a story of friendship through survival in the worst possible conditions, told with humour. It was a welcome challenge to take this on and shoot it in the Icelandic highlands and in Greenland. We put together a great team of talent both above and below the line; a crew of awesome people who were up for the challenge and ready to make the most out of the conditions, given the extreme circumstances this movie deserved to be shot in.”
Against the Ice is being staged by Kormákur for RVK Studios, the Reykjavik-based production outfit behind the Netflix original series Katla and the newly announced Entrapped.
The feature will be streamed worldwide by the Los Gatos-based giant later this year. The official release date is yet to be disclosed.
(Traduit de l'anglais)
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