Det stora äventyret (1953) AKA The Great Adventure

Cited by many as the most “personal” effort of Swedish filmmaker Arne Sucksdorff, The Great Adventure is also one of his few films to tie together its magnificent images with a dramatic narrative. “Adventure” means “life” to Sucksdorff, and that life is experienced by a group of Swedish farm children, two of whom are played by the director’s own sons. The kids save a wild otter from a hunter, then attempt to tame the animal. When spring comes, the children realize without remorse that the otter will be happier roaming free in the wilderness.

Director: Arne Sucksdorff. AKA The Great Adventure
Stars: Anders Nohrborg, Kjell Sucksdorff, Holger Stockman, Arne Sucksdorff, Amanda Haglund, Annika Ekedahl, Aina Fritzell, Stina Andersson, Erik Bodin, Sigvard Kihlgren, Tryggve Thyselius, Gunnar Sjöberg (voice).

1954 Cannes Film Festival – Winner Special Mention (for the direction).
1954 Cannes Film Festival – Winner International Prize.
1954 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Grand Prize (later renamed Palme d’Or).
1955 BAFTA Film Awards – Winner Best Documentary.


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One Comment

  1. Steves
    August 5, 2019

    Terrific film! Thanks immensely, Jon!

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