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A mysterious stranger, Meisner, arrives in a northern Swedish town in 1820, calling himself a magnetist - an amalgam of hypnotist and healer - and claiming he can cure diseases un-treatable by doctors. Ignoring the objections of his colleagues, Dr. Selander allows Meisner to cure his blind daughter, Maria, who not only regains her sight, but also falls in love with the charismatic magnetist. Dark secrets and repressed memories start to emerge, amidst the love between father and daughter, man and woman.


Release: 1999 (Denmark)

Duration: 123 minutes

Genre: Fiction Feature

Spoken language: Danish


Director: Morten Henriksen

Screenplay: Morten Henriksen, Jonas Cornell and Per Olov Enquist

Cinematography: Dirk Brüel 

Editor: Ghita Beckendorff
Sound Design: Niels Arild

Composer: Arild Andersen and Hans-Erik Philip

Producer: Lise Lense-Møller

Production Countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Production Company: Magic Hour Films

Coproducers: Athena Film & Video, Canal+, DR, Felicia Film, Nordic Film A/S, Norwegian Film AS, Pandora Cinema and SVT

Produced with support from: The Danish Film Institute, Eurimages, The European Script Fund - an initiative of the European Union's Media Programme, The Swedish FIlm Institute and The Nordic Film & TV Fund.


The film was nominated for AFI Fest's 1999 Grand Jury Prize, Bodil Awards' 2000 Best Film, Camerimages 1999 Golden Frog Award, and at the 2000 Robert Festival in the categories Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing and Best Lighting.


The fIlm won at the 2000 Robert Festival in the categories Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Make-Up, and the Rouen Nordic Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.


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