Trapped (Ófærð), directed by Baltasar Kormákur, is the most expensive Icelandic TV drama ever produced with a budget of around $7.5m and will premiere on BBC Four in the UK on Saturday 13th February.
The 10 part series directed by Baltasar Kormakur is set in a small Icelandic town where a mutilated body is found in the bay shortly after a Danish ferry comes into port. Reasoning that the body may have been dumped from the ship, police chief Andri (Olafur Darri Olafsson) and his deputy Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjansdottir) struggle to keep the rowdy passengers on board while they search for clues, and their travails are exacerbated by a mysteriously obstructive captain (Bjarne Henriksen). Then, when a blizzard makes the snowbound town inaccessible to outsiders (including detectives flying in from the capital) it dawns upon the locals that a killer walks amongst them.
Kormakur said “we’ve never had a TV series in Iceland that has gone further than the Faroe Islands. We’re jealous of our neighbours in Denmark and now we get to play along and that’s very important. I’ve been lucky, working abroad and have been able to create a show that will travel and has Icelandic actors and our stories and our culture,” he said.