Swan

2017/Color/91 mins/Iceland




Category International Competition: Innovation in Moving Images
Director Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir
Producer Birgitta Bjornsdottir, Hlin Johannesdottir
Screenplay Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir
Cinematography Martin Neumeyer
Editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir, Sebastian Thumler
Music Orvar Smarason, Gunnar Tynes
Set Drifa Freyju-Armannsdottir
Costume Sylvia Dogg Halldorsdottir
Cast Thor Kristjansson(Male Farmhand), Blaer Johannsdottir, Grima Valsdottir(Sol), Ingvar Sigurosson, Katla porgeirsdottir
Production Company NA
World Sales m-appeal
Festival/Awards NA

Nine-year-old Sol is sent to her aunt and uncle's for the summer, partly to get some real-world experience, and partly because she got in trouble for shoplifting. So of course she doesn't want to be there, but after a time she starts to acclimate to the bucolic rhythms of country life (aiding in the birth of a calf is a particularly transformative moment). But, just to make things weird, her aunt and uncle have her rooming with an adult male farmhand. The fact that this is odd is never commented upon, but Sol takes it in stride, even after she catches her roommate out masturbating by a tree. Ah, farm life! None of this seems to dissuade Sol from befriending him, and, inspired by his constant journaling, she starts to narrativize her situation in dreamy, visually abstract interludes.

Director:
Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir
Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir was born in Reykjavik and graduated with an MFA in film from Columbia University. She has directed the short films Love Story (2012), which was her thesis project, and You and Me (2015). The Swan (2017) is her debut feature.