30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Swan Iceland, Germany, Estonia 2016 | 90 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour | FF 2017

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

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.

rated for 0 + years
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.
Original title: Svanurinn
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Icelandic
Section: Freihafen
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Screenplay: Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Cast: Gríma Valsdóttir, Thor Kristjansson, Blær Jóhannsdóttir, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Katla Margrét Thorgeirsdóttir
Producer: Birgitta Björnsdóttir, Hlín Jóhannesdóttir
Director of Photography: Martin Neumeyer
Music: Gunnar Örn Tynes, Örvar Smárason
Production Design: Drífa Freyju-Ármannsdóttir
Editor: Sebastian Thümler, Elisabet Rónaldsdóttir
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: m-appeal
Production: Vintage Pictures, Junafilm UG, Kopli Kinokompanii
Contact: Verena Gräfe-Höft, Junafilm:


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