Lumberjacks and Logrollers – The Day the Earth Froze (Sampo)

This event took place on Jul 14, 2019

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Aleksandr Ptushko
Finland & Soviet Union
1h 7m


** Co-presented with Department of Scandinavian Studies Finnish Studies Program at UW and Nordic Museum **

Just when you thought you had seen all of the Finnish lumberjack films in existence, the genre crossed over into the realm of The Lord of the Rings and Conan the Barbarian. Loosely based on Kalevala, the Finnish national epic poem and one of the most significant works of Finnish national identity, in The Day the Earth Froze a witch steals the sun to spite a community of peaceful loggers that do not want to build her a magic mill. You have probably stopped reading and bought all of the available tickets, but it would be unfair not to mention that the film also features trolls, swans, and beautiful color cinematography.

* Through August, NWFF members may receive one extra admission (BOGOOO!) to the Nordic Museum with their ticket purchase. Does not include entry to the Studio 54 exhibition. *

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About the curator:

Dr. Vito Adriaensens is a film historian and filmmaker who teaches film at Columbia University in New York and is a researcher at the University of Antwerp. He is the author of the upcoming Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema (2019), the co-author of Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema (2017), and is on the Executive Committee of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema. He has programmed Scandinavian cinema in New York and Belgium, and has written on the marvels of Danish and Swedish early cinema in Kosmorama, the journal of the Danish Film Institute; in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. He is preparing books on the Tableau Vivant across the arts, and the Finnish Lumberjack Film.

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