För fäderneslandet

För fäderneslandetFürs Vaterland / For the Fatherland

Retrospective, Sweden 1914, 48 Min., silent, sw. it, ger. st

With a brief from a foreign military, Count Ivan von Kaunowitz attends a ball to make the acquaintance of young Ebba von Tell. The daughter of a Swedish state minister goes out riding with the count near a fort that, unbeknownst to her, he has been tasked with investigating. But his behaviour arouses the suspicion of a Laplander friend of Ebba’s. When von Kaunowitz also worms his way into the good graces of Ebba’s friend Gunhild, the Laplander starts to keep a close eye on him … This noteworthy drama was made at the height of the “spy fever” that gripped Europe before World War I. It was shot in the savage landscapes around the regimental city of Sollefteå and in the studio in Copenhagen. Praised for its advanced camerawork and editing, the film shows “modern” encrypting techniques – and the celebrated director Georg af Klercker as an unscrupulous nobleman, in one of his legendary film appearances.

Live music and silent film concert with the sounds of Lübeck’s TroubaDuo, with Jana Nitsch on the accordion and Marcus Berthold on the 5-string fiddle.

Director Georg af Klercker

Screenplay Ragnar Ring

Festival Contact Swedish Film Institute, Mail: registrator@sfi.se, Web: www.sfi.se

Cast Georg af Klercker (Ivan von Kaunowitz), Lilly Jacobsson (Ebba von Tell), J. Lange (Gunhild)

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