Springs are thought to have healing qualities, and their origin is often associated with mystical events, which are not necessarily merry. And this medieval Scandinavian legend is a testament to that.
Comment from the Mirror festival team:
One of the 77 films of the famous "Tarkovsky list" (it includes films that Andrey Tarkovsky recommended to his students).
Academy Awards, 1961. Winner of the Best Foreign-Language Film.