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The White Reindeer (Erik Blomberg, Finland, 1952)

Blomberg makes the most of the Lapland locations: the wooded plains, seen under feet of snow, are forbidding-the horizon always seems distant. Against this backdrop, the movie’s conflicts feel especially primal.
— Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

When The White Reindeer (Finnish: Valkoinen peura) was released in 1952, it immediately gained recognition worldwide, garnering an award for Best Fairy Tale Film at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival and winning a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1957. It’s a horror film that draws its inspiration from early Finnish mythology and the shamanism of the Sami people of Lapland, in Northern Finland. If for nothing else, watch this film for the scenery and costumes, which will take you right into the depths of winter in Northern Finland.