R | | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
When the film was released in Sweden, rather than eliciting fear in the audience, many people laughed. Many Swedish critics praised the film as an excellent black comedy.
Hey, guys. So these are younger people from my village. They're also returning from the trips outside. Come on over.
Pelle: Hey! These are my friends from America.
The sun is referred to in terms as "father", but in Scandinavian cultures the sun is often referred to as feminine because the Norse word for sun is a feminine gendered noun. For example, in Norse mythology the Sun is said the be dragged through the sky in a chariot by a goddess.
A 171-minute long director's cut premiered at the Scary Movies XII film festival at the Lincoln Film Center. This version adds more graphic violence and extends many pre-existing scenes.
$6,560,030 7 July 2019