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The Swan

OT: Svanurinn

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir // Iceland, Germany, Estonia, 2016
Fiction Feature // FF2017
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9-year old Sól is a dreamer and a petty thief – much to her parents’ displeasure. So that she finally learns to be a useful member of society, she is sent to spend the summer with distant relatives who have a farm in a remote part of Iceland. Here, in the middle of nowhere, time seems to stand still and family relations are difficult. Sól is only able to establish a relationship with the stable boy Jón, but the farmer’s daughter Ásta is also vying for his attention. Against a breathtaking natural backdrop, The Swan portrays a world in which a girl tries to find her freedom within the constraints of the adult world.


ÁSA HJÖRLEIFSDÓTTIR (*1984) studied film at Columbia University in New York. She made numerous shorts, including the award-winning Ástarsaga (2012). The Swan is her debut feature.




Fiction Feature



Iceland, Germany, Estonia


90 min

OV with German subtitles

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir (based on a novel by Gudbergur Bergsson)

Gríma Valsdóttir, Thor Kristjansson, Blær Jóhannsdóttir, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Katla Margrét Thorgeirsdóttir

Birgitta Björnsdóttir, Hlín Jóhannesdóttir

Martin Neumeyer

Sebastian Thümler, Elisabet Rónaldsdóttir

Gunnar Örn Tynes, Örvar Smárason

Drífa Freyju-Ármannsdóttir


Vintage Pictures, Junafilm UG, Kopli Kinokompanii

Verena Gräfe-Höft, Junafilm: verena@junafilm.de

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