Berlin: 'Everest' Director Baltasar Kormakur to Helm Thriller 'The Oath'

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The Film4-backed psychological thriller marks the Icelandic filmmaker's first stint in front of the camera in eight years and is being introduced to buyers in Berlin by XYZ Films.

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur is further underlining his multi-hyphenate credentials. He will direct, produce and star in new thriller The Oath, set to make its bow in Berlin at the European Film Market.

The news comes the same week as drugs thriller Mule, on which Kormakur is a producer, had its EFM debut.

A psychological thriller Kormakur co-wrote with Olafur Egilsson, The Oath will mark the Everest director's first return to acting in eight years and will see him play a father who sets off on a mission to try to pull his daughter away from the world of drugs and petty crime. 

The film is produced under Kormakur’s growing RVK Studios banner, which is behind upcoming crime series Trapped, recently picked up by The Weinstein Company for the U.S., in partnership with Film4, with Film4 boss David Kosse as executive producer alongside Germany's ZDFE.

World sales are being handled by XYZ Films.

Kormakur's last stint in front of the camera was in 2008's Icelandic action thriller Reykavik-Rotterdam, which he later remade as Contraband in 2012 with Mark Wahlberg playing his role.