Director: Nietzchka Keene
Starring: Bjork, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Valdimar Örn Flygenring.
Runtime: 78 min.
THE JUNIPER TREE 1990
Set in medieval Iceland and loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tail, Nietzchka Keene's THE JUNIPER TREE follows Margit (Bjork in a riveting feature debut performance) and her older sister as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. Finding shelter and protection with a widower and his resentful young son, the sisters help form an impromptu family unit that's soon strained by burgeoning sorcery. Photographed entirely on location in the stunning landscapes of Iceland in spectacular black and white with indelible waking dream sequences, THE JUNIPER TREE is a potent allegory for misogyny and its attendant tragedies.
New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative. Restored by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by The George Lucas Family Foundation.