The Swedish 19th century engineer S. A. Andrée sets out to become the first man on the north pole. His idea is to launch a polar expedition using a hydrogen balloon, together with two friends. The balloon, “The Eagle”, takes off from Svalbard in 1897, but the three men are not heard of again.
Director: Jan Troell. AKA The Flight of the Eagle
Writers: Klaus Rifbjerg, Ian Rakoff, Jan Troell & Georg Oddner (screenplay), Per Olof Sundman (freely adapted from the novel by).
Stars: Max von Sydow, Göran Stangertz, Sverre Anker, Clément Harari, Eva von Hanno, Lotta Larsson, Jan-Olof Strandberg, Henric Holmberg, Ulla Sjöblom, Mimi Pollak, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Ingvar Kjellson, Bruno Sörwing.
1983 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
1982 Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion,