The Juniper Tree

Fri. Apr 19, 2019 5:15pm - 6:45pm EDT
All Ages
$9.00 - $12.00
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$9.00 - $12.00
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(1990) dir Nietzchka Keene w/Björk, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Valdimar. Örn Fygenring, Geirlaug Sunna fiormar [78 min; DCP]

We are excited to welcome back this haunting Icelandic supernatural fairy tale/witchcraft drama – 25 years after it first premiered in Boston at the Brattle. An unsung talent in her lifetime, director, professor, and Fulbright scholar Nietzchka Keene’s stark, stunning debut feature is loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name, and stars music and fashion icon Björk in her first on-screen performance. The film premiered to glowing reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991 and Keene went on to direct just two more features before her tragically early death in 2004.

Set in medieval Iceland, THE JUNIPER TREE follows Margit (Björk in a riveting performance) and her older sister Katla (Bragadottir) as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. Finding shelter and protection with Johan (Fygenring), and his resentful young son, Jonas (Pormar), the sisters help form an impromptu family unit that’s soon strained by Katla’s burgeoning sorcery. Photographed entirely on location in the stunning landscapes of Iceland in spectacular black-and-white by Randy Sellars, THE JUNIPER TREE is a deeply atmospheric film, evocative of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Day of Wrath and Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, filled with indelible waking dream sequences (courtesy of legendary experimental filmmaker Pat O’Neill). A potent allegory for misogyny and its attendant tragedies, THE JUNIPER

TREE is a major rediscovery for art house audiences in this new restoration by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

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Brattle Theatre 40 Brattle Street
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