SAFG Presents "When the Raven Flies" Plaza Theatre Sun. June 23 3 p.m.
On the heels of The History Channel's hit series "The Vikings," critically acclaimed Viking adventure movie "When the Raven Flies" ("Hrafninn flygur"; Iceland/Sweden, 1984) will get a rare return to the big screen at the Plaza Theatre on Sun. June 23 at 3 p.m. The screening of this critically acclaimed authentic Viking movie is presented by the Scandinavian-American Foundation of Georgia (SAFG) and will be preceded by a weaponry and culture demonstration by the Sons of Lokie, a local Viking reenactment group.
Viking movies are rare, and good ones with any relevance to actual Viking culture even rarer. "When the Raven Flies" falls into the latter category, recounting an Irishman's quest for revenge on the Viking raiders who savagely killed his parents and abducted his sister.
Ancient Norse gods figure prominently in the plot, and the prerequisite violence ensues. However, the film is as much a Western in its structure as a mythological saga with striking visuals of the desert replaced by stunning cinematography of the unique Icelandic landscape. Director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson describes himself as a disciple of Sergio Leone, John Ford and Akira Kurosawa. "When The Raven Flies" is evocative of "A Fistful of Dollars," in that a mysterious stranger Gestur (Jakob Þór Einarsson) plays off tensions between, Thor and Erik, the two brothers who lead the Viking band.
"When the Raven Flies" has won several awards, including being voted one of the outstanding films of the 1980s at the Tokyo International Film Festival and Gunnlaugsson winning the 1985 Guldbagge Award for Best Direction, the Swedish equivalent to the Oscars. It was also nominated for the 1986 International Fantasy Film Award for Best Film.
The movie is the first of the Raven Trilogy, which includes "In the Shadow of the Vikings," aka " Í skugga hrafnsins" (1987) and "Embla" (2007), aka the director's cut of "The White Viking," which was originally edited by that film's producers without Gunnlaugsson's approval (1991).
The screening will be preceded by a live weapons demonstration by the Sons of Lokie. These contemporary Vikings will also be present in the Plaza Lobby before and after the movie with Viking handicrafts and weaponry for sale and to answer questions about Scandinavian culture in the Dark Ages.
Tickets to "When the Raven Flies" are just $8 for the general public and $6 for SAFG members. They can be purchased at the Plaza Theatre on the day of the screening or in advance here. For more information, visit www.plazaatlanta.com, http://www.safg.us and ADD FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE.
Scandinavian American Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exchange of educational, cultural and amateur athletic endeavors between the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the State of Georgia. For more information, visit www.safg.us.
The Sons of Lokie is a Dark Age reenactment group based in Cumming, Georgia. Their mission is to educate the public about life in the Dark Ages and to bring to life the crafts, lives, battles, and songs of the Viking era.
The Plaza Theatre (View)
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
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