Witch Hunt (Forfølgelsen)
Followed by a post-screening discussion with Richard Peña, Columbia University, and Anja Breien
Sweden/Norway. Dir. Anja Breien. 1981, 93 mins. DCP. With Lil Terselius, Bjørn Skagestad, Anita Björk, Erik Mørk. In one isolated village, the Black Death—the bucolic plague that killed nearly half of Norway’s population in 1349—spared only one; the little girl Eli Laupstad. Returning to her family’s homestead after years away, Eli’s independence and determination soon draws negative attention in a society fixated on exposing strong women as witches. When her lover Aslak suffers epileptic-like seizures, the village council is convinced a spell has been cast over him.
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