Director: Arne Sucksdorff
Sweden / 1953 / 77 min

Available through Jun 22

Hailed “a masterpiece” by The New York Times when it opened at the Paris in 1955, this rhapsody of a film centers around life on a Swedish farm in the north of the country, with Sucksdorff himself portraying the farmer and his son as one of the boys who provide the movie something like a point-of-view. The story involves the taming of a wild otter, but the subject is nothing more than the cycle of life and the renewal of the seasons, shot in such a way as to imbue these commonplaces with fresh awe and a sense of miracle.