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The Juniper Tree (12*) + poetry reading by Annie Hayter

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A black and white image of young Bjork kneeling on the ground looking up

A young Björk stars in Nietzchka Keene’s visually stunning tale of witchcraft in the wilds of medieval Iceland, presented here in a new restoration.

Based on a Brothers Grimm story, this haunting fantasy stars Björk as Margit, a girl whose mother has been burned as a witch in medieval Iceland. Her sister uses magic to marry a shepherd with a young son, while Margit begins to have visions of her own...

Nietzchka Keene’s English-language film, shot in black and white, is unforgettably beautiful, with scenes shot by the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and depicting the Northern Lights. Alongside the film, Annie Hayter reads her poem inspired by the mythology, nature and landscapes of Iceland, which mirrors some of the themes of The Juniper Tree.

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US/Iceland 1990 Dir Nietzchka Keene 78 min

Poetry with Annie Hayter 4 min

Total run time approximately 82 min

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