Thursday, 25 September 2014

Björk - The Juniper Tree - A Dark Tale Of Witchcraft & Mysticism (1984) - [AAC-M4A]

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The Juniper Tree
The Juniper Tree.jpg
Directed by Nietzchka Keene
Produced by Nietzchka Keene
Written by Nietzchka Keene
Starring Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir
Guðrún Gísladóttir
Valdimar Örn Flygenring
Geirlaug Sunna Þormar
Music by Larry Lipkis
Cinematography Randolph Sellars
Edited by Nietzchka Keene
Distributed by Rhino Home Video
Release dates US: 10 April 1990
Iceland: 12 February 1993
Running time 78 minutes approx.
Country Iceland
United States
Language English
The Juniper Tree is a 1990 Icelandic film with a small cast of five actors, Björk, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Guðrún S. Gísladóttir, Valdimar Örn Flygenring and introducing Geirlaug Sunna Þormar. It was written and directed by Nietzchka Keene and based on the fairy tale "The Juniper Tree" collected by the Brothers Grimm.

The film was shot in Iceland with an extraordinarily small budget in the summer of 1986, but because of financial problems later on in the editing room it was not released until 1990, when it screened for the "Grand Jury Prize" at the Sundance Film Festival. Rhino Home Video released the film on VHS in 1995 and on DVD in 2002.

Contents  [hide] 
1 Plot
2 Comments review
3 Credits
4 DVDs technical data
4.1 US DVD
4.2 Japanese DVD
5 External links
The Juniper Tree is set in Iceland and portrays the story of two sisters, Margit (Björk Guðmundsdóttir) and her elder sister Katla (Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir), who escape their home after their mother (Guðrún S. Gísladóttir) is stoned and burned for witchcraft. They go where no one knows them, and find Jóhann (Valdimar Örn Flygenring), a young widower who has a son called Jónas (Geirlaug Sunna Þormar). Katla uses magical powers to seduce Jóhann and they start living together. Margit and Jónas become friends. However, Jónas does not accept Katla as his stepmother and tries to convince his father to leave her. Katla's magic power is too strong and even though he knows he should leave her, he can't. Margit's mother appears to her in visions and Jónas' mother appears as a raven and to bring him a magical feather.

Comments review[edit]
Labeled as a fairy tale, science-fiction, fantasy, drama or art house film, The Juniper Tree was shot in black and white to highlight its dramatic content and as a resource to place the story in the Middle Ages. This film has become famous among Björk's admirers after she gained international renown by the early nineties[citation needed]. Despite some critics remarks about the protagonists' performances[citation needed], some reviewers consider it is a good film in terms of the screenplay and cinematography.[citation needed]

Director: Nietzchka Keene
Producer: Nietzchka Keene
Assistant producer: Allison Powell
Cinematography: Randolph Sellars
Film editor: Nietzchka Keene
Art director: Dominique Polain
Assistant art director: Ólafur Engilbertsson
Costume design: Nanna Luisa Zophaniasdóttir
Composer: Larry Lipkis
Sound recording: Patrick Moyroud
Sound re-recording mix: Jeffrey Perkins
Sound assistant: Helgi Sverrisson
Special effects: Dominique Polain
Special effects (makeup): Élin Sverrisdóttir
Stunt: rider: Ásta Pálmadóttir
Gaffer: Robert Field
Bird trainer: Þorleifur Geirsson
Still photography: Róbert Guillemette
Assistant camera: Halldór Gunnarsson
Production assistant: Nicole Hanset
Pre-production office: Alix Jackson and Julia Parker
Folk music collector: Helga Jóhannsdóttir
Herbal consultant: Helga Mogensen
Craft consultant: Elizabeth Rowe
Catering: Solveig Gissel Stáhl
Nursery consultant: Ásgeir Svanbergsson
DVDs technical data[edit]
US DVD[edit]
Date of release: 23 April 2002
Distributor: Rhino Home Video
Region: 1 NTSC
Subtitles: N/A
Audio: English
Sound: Stereo Sound
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 of the original film presentation
Chapter Stops: 12
DVD packaging: Amaray Keep Case
Extras: a 15-minute director Interview, about 3 minutes of deleted scenes accompanied by director’s comments, and about 3 minutes of slide show of promotional photographs.
Japanese DVD[edit]
Date of release: 10 February 2001
Distributor: unknown
Price: ¥2,940
Region: 2 NTSC
Subtitles: Japanese
Audio: English, Japanese (dubbed)
Sound: Stereo Sound
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 of the original film presentation
Chapter Stops: 9
DVD packaging: Amaray Keep Case
Extras: Original trailer (about 2 minutes) and Japanese trailer (about 1 minute). The Juniper Tree Is A 1990 Black And White Icelandic Nordic Film With A Small Cast Of Five Actors, Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Guðrún S. Gísladóttir, Valdimar Örn Flygenring, And Introducing Geirlaug Sunna Þormar. It Was Written And Directed By Nietzchka Keene, And Based On The Fairy Tale "The Juniper Tree" Collected By The Brothers Grimm, The Film Was Shot In The Nordic Raw Rugged Volcanic Ash Landscape Of Iceland, Björk's Native Homeland, With An Extraordinary Small Budget In The Summer Of 1986, But Because Of Financial Problems Later On In The Editing Room It Was Not Released Until 1990, When It Screened For The "Grand Jury Prize" At The Sundance Film Festival. Rhino Home Video Released The Film On VHS In 1995 - (This Very Rare VHS) - And On DVD In 2002. Film Plot: This Film Portrays The Story Of Two Sisters, Margit, (Björk Guðmundsdóttir), And Her Elder Sister Katla, (Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir), Who Escape Their Home After Their Mother (Guðrún S. Gísladóttir), Is Stoned And Burned For Witchcraft. They Go Where No One Knows Them, And Find Jóhann, (Valdimar Örn Flygenring), A Young Widower Who Has A Son Called Jónas, (Geirlaug Sunna Þormar). Katla, Uses Magical Powers To Seduce Jóhann, And They Start Living Together. Margit, And Jónas, Become Friends. However, Jónas, Does Not Accept Katla, As His Stepmother And Tries To Convince His Father To Leave Her. Katla's Magic Power Is Too Strong And Even Though He Knows He Should Leave Her, He Can't. Margit's Mother Appears To Her In Visions And Jónas, Mother Appears A Raven And To Bring Him A Magical Feather.

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