Directed by Nietzchka Keene
1990, Iceland, 78 min
New 4K restoration by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation
Director, professor and Fulbright scholar Nietzchka Keene’s stunning debut feature The Juniper Tree is loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name, and stars Björk in her first on-screen performance. Set in medieval Iceland, it follows Margit (Björk) and her older sister Katla as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. Photographed on location in the stunning landscapes of Iceland 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 is a potent allegory for misogyny and its attendant tragedies.
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