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As White as in Snow
Så vit som en snö
dir. Jan Troell / Sweden, Denmark 2001 / 153’
subtitles: Polish and English
retrospective: Jan Troell


Amanda Ooms, Rikard Wolff, Björn Granath, Björn Kjellman, Stina Ekblad, Shanti Roney, Hans Pålsson, Antti Reini, Reine Brynolfsson, Maria Heiskanen

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A film biography of Elsa Andersson, the first female pilot in Sweden, who died on 22 January 1922 during a public parachuting show. Like in his debut This Is Your Life, Troell tells the story of a countryside child maturing and shaping its fate. The film starts with Elsa Andersson's travel by train to her hometown of Askersund on an evening in January, the day before her fatal jump: the last travel in her short but intense life. On the train, she recalls her past, starting with her childhood marked by the experience of her mother's death. A turning point in Elsa's life is her education at an aviation school, that lets her dreams come true. Her first steps in this field are intertwined with love issues: Elsa hesitates between two men - the aviation instructor Erik Magnusson and the cavalry officer Robert Friedman. The film's poetic title comes from a folk song and it refers to a wedding dress Elsa Andersson never wore and to the snow on the ground where she found her death. Like in previous films by Troell, from her childhood, when she takes a broken doll from the floor, the main character is accompanied by the shade of death, a silent background to the drama of her life.

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