Focus World has acquired U.S. rights to the survival drama “The Deep,” which is Iceland’s official submission for the best foreign-language film Oscar. A division of Focus Features, Focus World will release the film on digital platforms in the first half of 2013.
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (“Contraband”), “The Deep” tells the true story of a downed fishing boat and the only man who survived the tragedy. “The Deep,” which Kormákur wrote with playwright Jon Atli Jonasson, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Kormákur also produced along with Agnes Johansen; Lilja Palmadottir and David Linde are executive producers.
Focus World execs Avy Eschenasy and Kent Sanderson negotiated the deal with WME Global.
Launched in 2011, Focus World most recently released “1/2 Revolution” on VOD and iTunes.
Kormákur also has a foot in the English-language studio world. Universal will release his next movie, “2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, in theaters Aug. 16. He’s also slated to direct the pilot for HBO’s Cold War era spy thriller “The Missionary.”