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Sampo (aka The Day the Earth Froze)

Presented by Cleveland Institute of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland OH

Oct 28 2022
Sampo (aka The Day the Earth Froze)

Based on the Finnish epic “Kalevala,” the film tells of an evil witch who covets the Sampo, a magical mill that produces unlimited salt, grain, and gold. When she can’t get it, she steals the sun, plunging the world into darkness and cold.

The Haunted Cinematheque 

Finland/USSR, 1959, Aleksandr Ptushko

Released dubbed and heavily cut in the U.S., this gorgeous mythical fantasy by the Soviet Union’s prodigious special effects wiz Aleksandr Ptushko has recently been restored to its original color and widescreen splendor. “An impossibly beautiful film.” –Tim Lucas. Cleveland premiere. Finnish with subtitles. DCP. 91 min.


General admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D.holders, and those age 25 & under $8.

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