Films

The Swan

The Swan, "Svanurinn"

Synopsis

Director

Wayward 9-year old Sól is sent to a distant countryside relatives for a summer to work and to mature. Nature seems endless there, the animals soulful but the people harsh. All except the mysterious farmhand Jón, who – like Sól herself – likes words better than people. But the farmer’s daughter Ásta has a claim on Jón as well, and soon Sól becomes entangled in a drama she can hardly grasp. This summer marks Sól’s rite of passage into the murky water of adulthood, and the wild nature in us all.

„Told from Sól’s perspective – and fusing her realizations with haunting dreams and myths about local monsters and beasts – „The Swan“ is the sometimes troubling and always affecting tale of a child’s growth that also indirectly charts a nation’s maturation.“

Steve Gravestock, Toronto Film Festival

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

(b. Reykjavik) graduated with an MFA in film from Columbia University. She has directed the short films „Love Story“ (2012), which was her thesis project, and „You and Me“ (2015). „The Swan“ is her debut feature.

Filmography

  • Svanurinn (The Swan, 2017)

Schedule

19.11.2017
20:00 - 21:48
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 030703
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, Producer Birgitta Björnsdóttir
20.11.2017
20:15 - 22:03
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 041103
Guests (2)
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Movie guests:  Producer Birgitta Björnsdóttir, Director Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
25.11.2017
18:00 - 19:28
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 092001
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Forum

Film info

Countries: Iceland, Germany, Estonia
Year: 2017
Duration: 88 minutes
Language: Icelandic
Director: Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Producers: Birgitta Björnsdóttir, Hlín Jóhannesdóttir, Anneli Ahven, Verena Gräfe-Höft   
Writer: Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
DOP: Martin Neumeyer
Montage: Elísabet Rónaldsdóttir, Sebastian Thümler
Composers: Örvar Smárason, Gunnar Tynes
Cast: Thor Kristjansson, Blær Jóhannsdóttir, Gríma Valsdóttir, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Katla Þorgeirsdóttir
Productions: Vintage Pictures, Junafilm, Kopli Kinokompanii OÜ
Distributor: Kopli Kinokompanii OÜ
Festivals: Toronto, Hamburg

Synopsis

Director

Wayward 9-year old Sól is sent to a distant countryside relatives for a summer to work and to mature. Nature seems endless there, the animals soulful but the people harsh. All except the mysterious farmhand Jón, who – like Sól herself – likes words better than people. But the farmer’s daughter Ásta has a claim on Jón as well, and soon Sól becomes entangled in a drama she can hardly grasp. This summer marks Sól’s rite of passage into the murky water of adulthood, and the wild nature in us all.

„Told from Sól’s perspective – and fusing her realizations with haunting dreams and myths about local monsters and beasts – „The Swan“ is the sometimes troubling and always affecting tale of a child’s growth that also indirectly charts a nation’s maturation.“

Steve Gravestock, Toronto Film Festival

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

(b. Reykjavik) graduated with an MFA in film from Columbia University. She has directed the short films „Love Story“ (2012), which was her thesis project, and „You and Me“ (2015). „The Swan“ is her debut feature.

Filmography

  • Svanurinn (The Swan, 2017)