Devil's Bride (Tulen morsian)


Rafael 1 Tue, Oct 11, 2016 3:30 PM
Rafael 2 Wed, Oct 12, 2016 9:15 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:109 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Saara Cantell
Producer:Markku Flink
Screenwriter:Leena Virtanen
Saara Cantell
Cinematographer:Konsta Sohlberg
Editor:Malin Lindström
Cast:Tuulia Eloranta
Magnus Krepper
Claes Malmberg
Kaija Pakarinen
Elin Petersdottir
Antti Reini
Print Source:Finnish Film Institute
Note Writer:Melissa Howden


This riveting historical drama is set against the backdrop of widespread 17th century Scandinavian witch hunts. Award-winning director Saara Cantell illuminates the cinematic beauty of every frame, with scenes composed as artfully as classical Baroque-era paintings. But beneath the shimmering surface is a spreading horror as innocent women, both young and old, are terrorized by a new governor dead-set on rooting out and eradicating what he believes is a secret nest of witchcraft from the village. Those accused include women healers and midwives using traditional herbs and plant-based knowledge to cure ailments and—in some cases—to influence love. The beautiful young maidservant Anna Eriksdotter, a free-spirited and innocent romantic, finds herself caught in the cross-hairs of the witch hunt as panic overtakes the village. A lethal web of false accusations, suspicions, fears, and misogyny play out to horrifying consequence—until one voice speaks the truth.

Guests in attendance 10/11 & 10/12: Saara Cantell (Director and Writer), Elin Petersdottir (Actress)

Additional Information

Saara Cantell is a director and screenwriter. She has written and directed numerous short films as well as five feature films – Unna & Nuuk (2006), the award-winning features Heartbeats (2010) and The Stars Above (2012) and recent box-office hits The Two and Only (2013), Jill and Joy (2014) and Jill and Joy’s Winter (2015). Cantell was voted Finland’s best film director in 2010, and she was also awarded a State Film Arts Prize jointly with the cinematographer Marita Hällfors. Her film Heartbeats received 7 nominations at the Jussi Awards, plus a nomination for a best director.