BLACK'S GAME

By Oskar Thor Axelsson

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Title: BLACK'S GAME
Original title: SVARTUR Á LEIK
Director: Oskar Thor Axelsson
Cast: Thorvaldur David Kristjansson, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Damon Younger, Maria B. Bjarnardottir
Genre: Crime
Duration: 104 min
Country of origin: Iceland
Scriptwriter: Oskar Thor Axelsson
Cinematographer: Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson
Editor: Kristjan Lodmfjord
Production Company: Zik Zak Filmworks, Filmus Productions
Producers: Thor S. Sigurjonsson, Skuli Fr. Malmquist, Arnar Knutsson
Production year: 2012
Executive producers: Nicolas Winding Refn, Chris Briggs, Andri Sveinsson, Heidar Gudjonsson
Budget EUR: 1.0M
Local release: 02-03-2012

The last few years of the millennium marked a transformational period for the Icelandic underworld. What had been a relatively innocent playground for petty criminals and "hobby pushers" progressed into the organized and violent industry that prevails today. BLACK'S GAME takes place during turbulent times, using as framework a handful of real events from the period; the Ecstasy revolution, 2 armed bank heists, a large scale insurance scam and the biggest drug-bust in the country's history. All these events shook Icelandic society profoundly, not least because of the high level of professionalism.

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