Experience Arbelos Films’ new 4K Restoration of director Nietzchka Keene’s haunting 1990 Icelandic supernatural fairy tale/witchcraft drama The Juniper Tree, starring music and fashion icon Björk in her feature film debut.
Keene’s stark, stunning debut feature is loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name. Set in medieval Iceland, The Juniper Tree follows Margit (Björk in a riveting performance) and her older sister Katla (Bryndis Petra Bragadottir) as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. Finding shelter and protection with Johan (Valdimar Orn Fygenring), and his resentful young son, Jonas (Geirlaug Sunna Pormar), the sisters help form an impromptu family unit — until Katla’s burgeoning sorcery threatens to unravel their newfound sanctuary.
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, and 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, presented in a new restoration by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
Directed by Nietzchka Keene | 1990 | 78 minutes | Not Rated | Iceland
Friday, March 22 – 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 23 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 24 – 5:30pm