The White Reindeer (1952) - News Poster


Folk heroes at Filmhouse by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-04-24 09:30:11

The fifth edition of the Folk Film Gathering runs at Edinburgh Filmhouse this weekend, focusing on the theme of storytelling.

The festival offers a global showcase, including classics like Eric Blomberg's The White Reindeer, Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Decamaron and Charles Burnett's To Sleep With Anger, alongside rare gems like Alexander Dovzhenko's 1927 silent Zvenigora, which will be screened with a a newly commissioned score from Folklore Tapes, performed live for one performance only.

Festival director Jamie Chambers said: "One of the things I'm most excited about this year is the new score that Folklore Tapes have composed for Alexander Dovzhenko's silent masterpiece Zvenigora. I feel the film has a lot of resonance for Scotland, given it's depiction of how oral storytelling traditions allow the past to live within the present, dormant within the landscape.

"Folklore Tapes are ideally placed...
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Giveaway – Win The White Reindeer on Dual Format

Eureka Entertainment releases The White Reindeer, a beautiful and haunting folk tale based on Lapland mythology, for the very first time in the UK as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 8 April 2019, presented from a new 4K restoration, and we have three copies to give away! Read on for details of how to enter…

The directorial debut of Finnish cinematographer Erik Blomberg, The White Reindeer is one of world cinema’s criminally under-seen masterpieces. A vampiric fairy-tale set amongst the starkly beautiful fells of Finnish Lapland, Blomberg combines an almost documentary filming style with avant-garde experimentation to produce a dreamy art-house horror film without compare.

A newly-married young woman, Pirita (Mirjami Kuosmanen), becomes frustrated and lonely as her husband, a reindeer herder for a small Arctic village, spends much of his time away from home in devotion to his work.
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Valkoinen Peura (The White Reindeer)

Valkoinen Peura (The White Reindeer)

Region B Blu-ray

Vlm Media (Finland)

1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat / 68 74 min. / Street Date November 25, 2016 / Available from Cdon.Com / €19.95

Starring: Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, Åke Lindman, Jouni Tapiola, Arvo Lehesmaa.

Cinematography, Editing: Erik Blomberg

Costume, Wardrobe, Makeup: Mirjami Kuosmanen

Original Music: Einar Englund

Written by: Erik Blomberg, Mirjami Kuosmanen :

Produced by: Aame Tarkas

Directed by Erik Blomberg

A few years back the pioneering disc boutique Mondo Macabro imported a number of exotic Eastern horror films, such as Purana Mandir from India. The movies seemed a real cultural curiosity, an imitation of our genre filmmaking with local touches added. Phil Hardy’s Encyclopedia of Horror reference book whetted my appetite for scores of amazing-sounding foreign horror pictures, that I thought I’d never see. Many have been made available in the digital age, although not always in this Region. A friend loaned me this exotic picture,
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