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The Disciple


Finland | 2013 | 93 minutes | Ulrika Bengts

On an isolated island in the Baltic Sea, a 13-year-old orphan boy assigned to become a lighthouse keeper’s assistant runs afoul of the emotionally abusive man behind the lantern.

May 27, 2014
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Set in an appropriately desolate and chilly island in the Baltic Sea, The Disciple begins with 13-year-old Karl being dropped off at the door of a lighthouse. Coming from an abusive orphanage, he is there to become a government-sanctioned assistant to the longtime lighthouse keeper Master Hasselbond. Determined to prove his worth, he befriends Hasselbond’s teenage son Gustaf, and successfully makes his presence useful around their home. Karl is slowly accepted into this strange and isolated environment, as Hasselbond begins cruelly favoring him over his own son, making it clear that the island and this family’s lighthouse may be some sort of tyrannical and sadistic prison. Stylishly shot with a haunting original score by the director’s own husband, The Disciple is a chilling psychological thriller, it’s subject matter both distressing and entirely absorbing.

Director Biography

Ulrika Bengts is a Finnish film and theater director. She is a graduate of the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and has directed over 20 short films, television episodes, and documentaries. The Disciple is her second feature film. Her first filmˆ Iris, was selected for numerous international film festivals around the world and obtained US theatrical distribution in January of 2014.

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Director: Ulrika Bengts
Principal Cast: Erik Lönngren, Patrik Kumpulainen, Niklas Groundstroem, Amanda Ooms
Country: Finland
Year: 2013
Running Time: 93 minutes
Producer: Mats Långbacka
Screenplay: Roland Fauser, Jimmy Karlsson
Cinematographers: Robert Nordström
Editors: Tuomo Leino
Music: Peter Hägerstrand
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2013 (Foreign Language Film), Göteborg International Film Festival (Telia Film Award)
Filmography: Iris (2011)
Language: Swedish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Långfilm Productions Finland Oy
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