The Swan

Film stills

- Maža tu buvai tokia gera mergaitė.

- Aš ir dabar gera. Kartais.

In contemporary rural Iceland, a wayward 9-year old girl, Sól, is sent to distant countryside relatives for a summer to work and to mature. Nature seems endless there, the animals soulful but the people harsh. All except the mysterious farmhand Jón, who – as Sól herself – likes words better than people. But the farmers’ daughter Ásta has a claim on Jón as well, and soon Sól becomes entangled in a drama she hardly can grasp.


Toronto film festival

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir was born in Reykjavík and graduated with an MFA in film from Columbia University. She has directed the short films Love Story (2012), which was her thesis project, and You and Me (2015). The Swan (17) is her debut feature.