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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
Un sort pour éloigner les ténèbres
© Rouge International
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Ben Rivers, Ben Russell

IMAGE

Ben Russell

SON

Nicolas Becker, Philippe Ciompi, Chu-Li Shewring

MONTAGE

Ben Rivers, Ben Russell

MUSIQUE ORIGINALE

Lichens, Queequeg, Veldo Tormis

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Rouge International, Black Hand

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Zootrope Films, ARTE VOD, Tënk

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

Ce documentaire suit un personnage, le musicien Robert A. A. Lowe, à trois moments distincts de sa vie : quand il est ermite dans la solitude de la Finlande septentrionale, membre d'une communauté sur une petite île d'Estonie et chanteur d'un groupe de black-métal néopaïen en Norvège. Le film, coréalisé par les artistes Ben Rivers et Ben Russell, peut se lire comme une proposition radicale : créer une utopie au présent. Il se situe à la frontière de la fiction et de la non-fiction. À la fois témoignage, expérience en soi et enquête dans la transcendance, il envisage le cinéma comme un lieu de transformation.

A film in three parts featuring truly original writing. Filmmakers Ben Russell and Ben Rivers give us a strange, singular look at the world, in the space between proclaimed spirituality and pervading consumerism.
From pagan re-enactors to failed communes, black metal festivals to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness is an inquiry into the possibilities of a spiritual existence within an increasingly secular Western culture. A participatory ethnography in the best possible sense, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness choreographs the actions of non-actors within existing Scandinavian landscapes in an effort to arrive at a hybrid document of the past, present, and future; it is a record of experience that proposes belief in transcendence as a viable outcome of living in the now.
Shot entirely on at dusk and on Super-16mm film, this work is a collaboration between two young and highly-decorated cinema artists: Ben Rivers (UK) and Ben Russell (USA).
Through a mash-up of artistic sensibilities which draw from personal cinema and horror film on the one hand (Rivers) and conceptual art and Rouchian ethno-fiction on the other (Russell), this 3-part feature is the logical next step forward for both of the Ben’s.
Indeed, their interests have been dovetailing towards one another for quite some time, and it is in A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness that their distinct brands of visionary cinema will finally come together

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  • Le 18 Mars 2015
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