A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

a film by Ben River + Ben Russell

 

FILM INFO

Year: 2013

Country: Finland, Norway and Estonia

Runtime: 98 mins,

Color

Language: English

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Special Features

 

Directors’s Note by Ben Rivers + Ben Russell

 

Includes “CALL NO MAN HAPPY UNTIL HE IS DEAD”

a short film by Ben Rivers + Ben Russell

 

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A SPELL follows an unnamed character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life. With little explanation, we join him in the midst of a 15-person collective on a small Estonian island; in isolation in the majestic wilderness of Northern Finland; and during a concert as the singer and guitarist of a black metal band in Norway. Marked by loneliness, ecstatic beauty and an optimism of the darkest sort.

 

Starring musician Robert AA Lowe (best known for his intense live performances under the name LICHENS) in the lead role, A SPELL lies somewhere between fiction and non-fiction - it is at once a document of experience and an experience itself, an inquiry into transcendence that sees the cinema as a site for transformation.

CAST

Robert AA Lowe

 

CREW

Directed:

Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

 

Screenplay:

Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

 

Producer(s):

 

 

PRESS QUOTES

"With its very title, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness is a film that announces itself as being in league with forces not entirely of this world."

Michael Sicinski - Cinemascope

 

"a tapestry of beautifully rendered concepts...impressively committed to its poetic design. "

Eric Kohn - Indiewire

 

"elegantly artistic and engagingly challenging...

It is a film that aims to challenge and provoke and succeeds on that score."

Mark Adams - Screen Daily

 

AWARDS

 

CPH : DOX -New Vision Award

 

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