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When the Raven Flies
When the Raven Flies

When the Raven Flies

Set in the middle Ages, the film tells the story of the revenge of Gestur, an Irishman who as a child witnessed the murder of his parents by two Norwegian Vikings, the foster-brothers Thór and Erik, and the taking of his sister as a slave. Gest follows their trail to Iceland and incites their mutual distrust and hatred.

Synopsis

Hrafn Gunnlaugsson's first Viking film, where he presents a new concept of the Viking era, destroying the stereotype Hollywood image. Set in the middle Ages, the film tells the story of the revenge of Gestur, an Irishman who as a child witnessed the murder of his parents by two Norwegian Vikings, the foster-brothers Thór and Erik, and the taking of his sister as a slave. Gest follows their trail to Iceland and incites their mutual distrust and hatred. His sister stands between two men: the one who once ravished her, the father of her beloved son, and her brother, whom she has also learned to love, and who now wants to rescue her and to avenge their parents' death.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: February 4, 1984
  • Genre: Thriller, Drama
  • Length: 110 min.
  • Original Title: Hrafninn flýgur
  • International Title: When the Raven Flies
  • Production Year: 1984
  • IMDB: When the Raven Flies
  • Website: www.simnet.is/hrafng
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Stereo
  • Screening format and subtitles: 35mm film English dub „The Revenge of the Barbarian" DCP with; English sub. -

Crew

Cast

Company Credits

Festivals

  • Images from the Edge: Classic and Contempory Films from Iceland, Lincoln Center, New York, 2012
  • Filmfest Hamburg, Icelandic retrospective, 2011
  • Summer Film School, 2010
  • International Fantasy Film Award, 1986 - Award: Nominated for Best Film.
  • DV Cultural Award, 1985
  • Berlin International Film Festival, 1985
  • Tokyo Film Festival, 1985 - Award: One of the 30 best films.
  • Academy Awards, 1985 - Award: Award: Iceland´s Entry for Best Foreign language Film.
  • The Gold Bug "Guldbaggen", 1984 - Award: Best director award.

Television distribution

  • Iceland: RÚV, 1990
  • Iceland: RÚV, 1995

Cinema distribution

  • Holland: Cinema de Balie, 2011

Releases

  • F.I.L.M., 2005 - DVD
  • Bergvík, 1994 - VHS
  • Bergvík, 1984 - VHS

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