Images from the Edge: Classic and Contemporary Icelandic Cinema

The Last Farm in the Valley

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The Last Farm in the Valley
Síðasti bærinn í dalnum | Ævar Kvaran, 1950
Iceland | 93 minutes

Panel discussion following April 19 screening featuring filmmakers Hafsteinn Sigurdsson, Baltasar Kormákur and Ásdís Thoroddsen and historian Björn Nordfjord.

A real discovery, this wonderfully light-hearted tale of the supernatural digs deep into local folklore and legends. In a beautiful, fertile valley, the evil trolls have managed to drive away all the farmers except for Björn and his family, who, thanks to the talisman kept by Björn’s mother manage to keep the trolls at bay. Determined to take over Björn’s land, the trolls come up with a devious solution: they will temporarily transform themselves into humans, and trick the family out the talisman. But not if a friendly dwarf and beautiful fairy queen can help it!  Splendid with the most basic special effects, The Last Farm in the Valley remains one of the best-loved of all Icelandic films.

Series: Images from the Edge: Classic and Contemporary Icelandic Cinema

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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