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Witchcraft (1999)

Myrkrahöfðinginn (original title)
The young and fanatical Jon is appointed pastor to a remote church in 17th century Iceland. As is custom, he marries the widow of his predecessor, a woman much older than he is. He is ... See full summary »

Director:

Hrafn Gunnlaugsson

Writers:

Bo Jonsson (screenplay), Jón Magnússon þumlungur (passion)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hilmir Snær Guðnason ... Reverend Jón Magnússon
Hallgrímur H. Helgason Hallgrímur H. Helgason ... Magnús
Stefan Jorgen Stefan Jorgen ... Pupil
Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir ... Þórkatla
Alexandra Rapaport ... Christina
Jón Sigurbjörnsson Jón Sigurbjörnsson ... Páll Sr.
Atli Rafn Sigurðsson Atli Rafn Sigurðsson ... Thurildur's brother
Jón Tryggvason ... Páll Jr.
Benedikt Árnason Benedikt Árnason ... Older Reverend Jón
Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir ... Thurildur
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The young and fanatical Jon is appointed pastor to a remote church in 17th century Iceland. As is custom, he marries the widow of his predecessor, a woman much older than he is. He is ardent in his fight against Satan, and the villagers don't dare to question his authority. When he falls for a beautiful young woman, Jon is convinced witchcraft is at work, and his crusade leads to cruel executions of innocent people. The stronger his lust, the deeper his madness drives him in his religious fervor. Written by Pia

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Country:

Iceland

Language:

Icelandic

Release Date:

26 November 1999 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Witchcraft See more »

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Budget:

ISK 250,000,000 (estimated)
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The film has been adapted to a four hour tv-series made for the Swedish television. See more »

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A piece of good art
3 December 2000 | by Thomas-64See all my reviews

A very well produced movie about a mad priest on Iceland during the 17th century. The priest in the village starts to see witches everywhere and nobody is safe from being put into the flames....I think this picture shows pretty well how life could be on Iceland for ordinary people. It really shows how hard life could be.


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