The Juniper Tree

Nietzchka Keene

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DIRECTOR Nietzchka Keene
PRODUCER Nietzchka Keene, Moyroud Productions
DOP Randolph Sellars
SCRIPT Nietzchka Keene
SOUND Larry Hoky, Helgi Sverrisson
MUSIC Larry Lipkis
EDITOR Nietzchka Keene
CO-PRODUCER Patrick Moyroud
RELEASE 1990
LENGTH 76
GENRE Drama
CAST Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Bryndís Petra Bragadóttir, Valdimar Örn Flygenring, Guðrún Gísladóttir, Geirlaug Sunna Þormar

Synopsis

Margit and her older sister, Katla, flee their homeland in Iceland after their mother is killed for practicing witchcraft. Needing a place to stay, Katla casts a spell over a young farmer named Jóhann which makes him fall in love with her, ensuring the wellbeing of herself and Margit. Jóhann's son, Jóhas, sees through Katla's plan and pleads for his father to make her go away. To help Jóhas in his struggle, Margit's mother appears to Margit in visions and provides a magic amulet of protection for the boy. Will Jóhas be able to rid his family of Katla or will she continue to control them with her witchcraft?

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Professor Nietzchka Keene (1952–2004) was an American film director and writer best known for The Juniper Tree, a feature film shot in Iceland, and starring the Icelandic singer Björk in her first film role. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring of 2004 and died, aged 52, on 20 October 2004. She taught film making and editing in the University of Wisconsin–Madison until her death.

Honors

Cannes International Film Festival, Best actress / Sundance, Montreal, Lisbon
 

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