A handsome and gifted young pastor is appointed to a remote and forsaken parish on the barren coast of Iceland.


He was on a mission from God but an uncontrollable passion had already claimed his soul. Iceland AD 1667. Reverend Jón Magnússon, a handsome and gifted young pastor, is appointed to a remote and forsaken parish on the barren coast of Iceland. Still fresh from the seminary and fuelled by a zeal to change the world, the bright young pastor is horrified to find his new flock steeped in vice and apathy. He resolves to expose the Devil's followers in his parish, and to save them from eternal damnation by whatever means.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: November 26, 1999
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 110 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Myrkrahöfðinginn
  • International Title: Witchcraft
  • Production Year: 1999
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Witchcraft
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Screening format and subtitles: 35mm film with English sub. - Sound missing from end credits.



Company Credits


  • Berlin International Film Festival, 2000
  • Festroia International Film Festival, Portugal, 2000
  • Fantafestival, Italy, 2000
  • Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, S-Korea, 2000 - Award: Best Female Performance
  • Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 2000
  • Espoo Ciné, Finland, 2000
  • Film Forum Arsenals, Latvia, 2000
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2000 - Award: Sound Design (Kjartan Kjartansson, also for Angels of the Universe, 101 Reykjavik and Fiasco).


  • Háskólabíó, 2000 - VHS

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