Between the sea and the mountains in a small village in Norway, Aslak (6) lives with his mother Astrid. A tragic event occurs that Aslak can´t quite understand and Astrid struggles to handle. Aslak´s friend Lasse (10) shows him a macabre scene; three half-eaten sheep killed on a full moon night. Lasse tells Aslak that whatever killed the sheep lives in the dark forest behind their house.
In a quest for answers, Aslak ventures into the menacing forest. Is what happens on his journey merely a boy’s imagination or is it reality?
Valley of Shadows is a film in the tradition of Scandinavian Gothic fable.
“An entrancing Norwegian gothic fable told with haunting visuals and striking tonal assurance”SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
“it marks a strong debut for Norwegian writer/director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen, as well as an enigmatic and magnetic addition to the atmospheric Nordic fold.”
“Like noir, the horror realm has become one of Scandinavian cinema’s staples — and like many of the region’s best examples of both, Valley of Shadows has the potential to attract an audience.”
“Valley of Shadows is cinematic to its very core.”SCREEN ANARCHY
“A self-contained diamond”
“The magic here exists in the pauses between shots”
“With Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting score, you’ll discover yourself teetering on the edge of reality and nightmare. Gulbrandsen lets this visual and aural aesthetic envelop us. Music fills our ears as the fog rolls in to turn an already fairy tale forest dwarfing anyone who comes near — and cinematographer Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen ensures we experience its scale — into a mysterious region holding werewolves and moose alike.”THE FILM STAGE
TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival
International Rome Film Festival
Mostra de Sao Paulo
Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers
Glasgow Film Festival
New-York City’s IFC Center
What The Fest?
BAFICI - Buenos Aires
Istanbul International Film Festival
Sitiges International Fantastic Film Festival
Pingyao Film Festival
Budapest Titanic Film Festival
Skopje Film Festival
Zlín Film Festival
Riga International Film Festival
Calgary European Film Festival
Cast & Crew
|Jone Hope Larsen|
|Cinematographer||Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen|
|Producer||Alan R. Milligan|
|Co-Producers||Stine Blichfeldt, Terez Hollo Klausen|