As most of you know I’m participating in the 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge hosted by Amy at The Black Sheep Dances. My original book selection included the following titles:
The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Read
Sun Storm (aka The Savage Altar) by Asa Larsson. Read
Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason. Read
The Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser. Read.
Nemesis by Jo Nesbø. TBR.
Missing by Karin Alvtegen. TBR.
However as I’m planning to read the six books of the CWA International Dagger shortlist before the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in July and I have just received today The Darkets Room by Johan Theorin, I will use this book in addition to Nemesis.
So far this year I have also read: Tainted Blood (aka Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason and Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum. And waiting in my TBR pile besides Nemesis are: Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason; The Redeemer and The Snowman by Jo Nesbo; The Pyramid and The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell; The Serbian Dane and The Woman from Bratislava by Leif Davidsen; The Indian Bride and The Water’s Edge by Karin Fossum; The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen.
You still have time to join this Challenge, click here.
Further to my previous post about Reykjavik-Rotterdam, Begoña and I went to see this film yesterday. Directed by Óskar Jónasson and starring Baltasar Kormákur, it is based on a screenplay written by Arnaldur Indriðason and Óskar Jónasson. It was selected to represent Iceland for the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, though it failed to receive an Oscar nomination.
Unfortunately there were only four people, besides us, watching the film. It was released in Spain on May 14, and it has lasted a fortnight only, we could have missed it. Quite a pity because I like it very much. It is well told, well shot and well resolved. A very entertaining action film, maybe not a great one but perfectly made. I had a great time.
Working Title Films is planning a U.S. remake starring Mark Wahlberg. The original director, Óskar Jónasson, will be replaced by Baltasar Kormákur, the original film’s lead actor and producer.
Baltasar Kormákur (Reykjavík, 1966) is a graduated from The Drama Academy of Iceland and is one of Iceland’s most popular and critically acclaimed actors of the younger generation. He has really made his name as a director and theatre entrepreneur. His father, Spanish born Baltasar Samper, is a well known artist in Iceland. His mother is Icelandic. He speaks Icelandic, English, Spanish and Danish.
My rating: 7/10.
Reykjavik-Rotterdam Official Website
Reykjavik Rotterdam official trailer