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The Virgin Spring

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Original title
Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring)
Running time
88 min.
Sweden Sweden
Ulla Isaksson
Erik Nordgren
Sven Nykvist (B&W)
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Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Drama | 14th Century. Middle Ages. Sexual Abuse. Revenge
Synopsis / Plot
Set in 14th century Sweden, it is the sombre fable of peasant parents whose daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by goat herders after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse. By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter from the dead girl's parents, who, discovering the truth about their erstwhile lodgers, exact a chilling revenge.
1960: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture. Nominated for Costume Design B&W.
1960: Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture (Samuel Goldwyn Award)
1960: Festival Seminci: Golden Spike: Best Movie
1960: Cannes: Special Mention. Nominated for the Palme d'Or.
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