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In the Shadow of the Raven
In the Shadow of the Raven

In the Shadow of the Raven

A young man is thrust by fate into the midst of civil strife in Iceland.

Synopsis

Hrafn Gunnlaugsson's second attempt to recreate the Viking world draws on different material - the Icelandic sagas, the story of Tristan and Isolde, the Greek tragedies, brought together by the director's imagination. It tells the story of a young man, Trausti, who arrives in Iceland from Norway, where he has completed his studies for the priesthood. A man of peace, he is thrust by fate into the midst of civil strife in Iceland, where he meets Ísól. Unmarried and yet a mother, she represents the Eternal Feminine, the woman that Goethe sought in vain. In the Shadow of the Raven is first and foremost a story of strong individuals set against the powerful workings of fate.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: October 23, 1988
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 118 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Í skugga hrafnsins
  • International Title: In the Shadow of the Raven
  • Production Year: 1988
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden
  • IMDB: In the Shadow of the Raven
  • Website: www.simnet.is/hrafng
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby
  • Screening format and subtitles: No usable print available. -

Crew

Cast

Company Credits

Festivals

  • Summer Film School, 2010
  • International Action and Adventure Film Festival, Valenciennes, 1990 - Award: Special Jury Prize.
  • Academy Awards, 1989 - Award: The Icelandic entry for best foreign language film.
  • European Film Awards, 1988 - Award: Nominated for the Felix (Best Actress: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Best Supporting Actor: Helgi Skúlason)

Releases

  • Bergvík, 1988 - VHS

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