Finland, 2013, 93 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Swedish English Sub-Titles
Set in the summer of 1939, "The Disciple" feels like an iconic, even ancient, story.
It takes place on an isolated, rocky island in the Baltic Sea where lighthouse keeper Master Hasselbond is a God-like figure, overseeing his despairing wife, an innocent young daughter and a teenage son, Gustaf, who both fears and loves him. Then an outsider comes to this doomed place, a 13-year-old boy chosen by default to become the lighthouse keeper’s assistant – much to Hasselbond’s disgust.
Raised and abused in an orphanage, Karl is determined to prove his worth. He befriends Gustaf, but their friendship changes to rivalry and hate when Hasselbond starts to favor Karl over his own son.
"Working with a seemingly simple premise, Bengts creates an alluring piece whose haunting musical score by Peter Hägerstrand truly becomes an invisible player in the story. […] Tense and strikingly beautiful The Disciple is a film about legacy, about parents' expectations of their children and the alienating lack of individuality those expectations can impose on them."
- Carlos Aguilar, Indiewire
DIRECTOR: Ulrika Bengts
Producer: Mats Langbacka
Editor: Tuomo Leino
Screenwriter: Jimmy Karlsson, Roland Fauser
Cinematographer: Robert Nordstrom
Music: Peter Hagerstrand
Principal Cast: Niklas Groundstroem, Patrik Kumpulainen, Erik Lönngren, Amanda Ooms, Karl Berg, Ping Mon Wallén
Filmography: Iris (2011)
Print Source: The Finnish Film Foundation