The Death of a Hero
Directed by Karin Franz Körlof
Short fiction, 15 min
Currently in production
Based on a short story by the Swedish Nobel Prize winner Pär Lagerkvist.
In a small village where people don’t seem to get enough entertainment, a young man is engaged to balance on his head at the top of the church tower and thereafter fall to the ground and die. For doing this he will receive a great deal of money.
The people gather enthusiastically at the church to watch the young man perform the task. It’s all over in a couple of seconds. And to everyone’s dismay the young man really dies in the end. Now their enthusiasm switches to disappointment. To be subjected to such horrors should actually be forbidden, the people say and leave dissatisfied.