The Juniper Tree (1990)

dir. Nietzchka Keene. Spooky and atmospheric, based on a Brothers Grimm tale. Starring a 21 year old Björk, in her first feature film performance, also first feature from director Keene. Made by an American director, filmed in Iceland, and spoken in English. I found the Icelandic accent a bit thick sometimes, so watched with English subtitles turned on. Maybe time for this film to have a comeback for its 30 year anniversary, especially with other recent films shooting in Black & White, like THE LIGHTHOUSE (2019) and BAIT (2019). Superb performances by all, including the young boy. The music by Larry Lipkis is brilliant, surprising this is his only film credit. Highly recommended. 

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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