Director: Jan Troell
Writer: Klaus Rifbjerg, Ian Rakoff, Jan Troell
Stars: Max von Sydow, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Göran Stangertz, Eva von Hanno, Charlotta Larsson
Countries: Sweden, West Germany, Norway
The Swedish 19th century engineer S. A. Andrée sets out to become the first man on the north pole. His idea is to launch a polar expedition using a hydrogen balloon, together with two friends. The balloon, “The Eagle”, takes off from Svalbard in 1897, but the three men are not heard of again.