About Valkoinen Peura (The White Reindeer)

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Drama, Horror

This Finnish entry in the 1953 Cannes Film Festival is a strange, haunting take on a traditional Lapp folktale. A young, newlywed woman seeks out a local shaman to help her deal with her husband’s neglect, and ends up transformed into a vampiric white reindeer. While the plot summary may sound a bit ridiculous, on the screen, The White Reindeer’s use of Finnish landscapes and unconventional cinematography creates a unique, atmospheric, and compelling variation on traditional horror tales. (35mm)

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