The Juniper Tree

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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Oct 30 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Iceland
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Nietzchka Keene


This feminist spin on the delightfully macabre Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name stars Björk, years before she rose to mega-fame for her eclectic solo music. In this riveting debut role, she flees with her sister Katla through jaw-droppingly beautiful Icelandic landscapes after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. But after they find shelter and protection with a widower and his resentful young son, their impromptu family unit is soon strained by Katla’s burgeoning powers of sorcery. Photographed entirely on location in spectacular black and white, The Juniper Tree is a deeply atmospheric film, evocative of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Day of Wrath and Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, and filled with indelible waking dream sequences. A potent allegory for misogyny and its attendant tragedies, The Juniper Tree is a major rediscovery for art house audiences.

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