The Juniper Tree
DIRECTOR: NIETZCHKA KEENE
Shot in 1986 and starring a 21-year-old Björk (then the frontwoman of the Sugarcubes and not yet an international superstar) as a woman fleeing with her sister from the persecutors who put their mother to the torch for crimes of witchcraft, The Juniper Tree was the debut film by the late Nietzchka Keene and an evocation of medieval life rife with harshness, fervor, and free-floating terror, with DP Randy Sellars capturing majestic, often otherworldly Icelandic landscapes in breathtaking black-and-white, returned to their original luster thanks to this new restoration. Experimental filmmaker Pat O’Neill provides the dream sequences in this ravishing rediscovery, a feminist fairy tale that evokes Bergman and Tarkovsky while being at the same time unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
New restoration by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. An Arbelos Films release.