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