Rotterdam Films

Rijneke & van Leeuwaarden

Reykjavik – Rotterdam

Oskar Jonasson

Icelandic smuggling film by Oskar Jonasson. Adapted from a book by Iceland’s most famous crime novelist, Arnaldur Indridason, who co-wrote the screenplay. Feature Reykjavik-Rotterdam was the Icelandic submission for the Oscars, it won five Edda’s.

Reykjavik-Rotterdam is a co-production between Rotterdam Films (Dick Rijneke and Mildred van Leeuwaarden) and the Icelandic company Blueeyes Productions (Baltasar Kormákur and Agnes Johansen). Universal/Working Title Films released a Hollywood remake entitled Contraband starring and produced by Mark Wahlberg. The original film’s lead actor, Baltasar Kormákur took on the role of director.



Feature 90 min. 35 mm. color

Like a fish on a dry land, Kristofur is stuck in a dull everyday routine, working as a security guard. He got fired from the freight ship he worked on, when he was caught smuggling alcohol Faced with money problems, he is tempted to accept the help of his friend, Steingrimur, who manages to pull some strings to get him his old job back. He decides to takes his chances one last time on a tour to Rotterdam.We come into Kristofers life as he is working as a security guard, after having done some time in jail for smuggling alcohol while working on a ship. Kristofer is struggling to support his family and gets the opportunity to do one last tour on a freighter between Reykjavik and Rotterdam. While glad to rejoin his old mates on the ship, Kristofer finds out that some are not worthy of his trust.


Director: Oskar Jonasson

Script: Novelist Arnaldur Indridason and Oskar Jonasson

Cast: Baltasar Kormakur, Throstur Gunnarsson, Jorundur Ragnarsson and Victor Löw

D.o.p: Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson

Produced by: Balthasar Kormarkur & Agnes Johanson / Blueeyes Productions
Dirk Rijneke & Mildred van leeuwaarden / Rotterdam Flms

Executive producers: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson & Lilja Palmadottir

Country: Iceland/ Netherlands

Blueeyes / Rotterdam Films / Nordisk film / Bavaria Picture