A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

Estonia/France 2013. Dirs: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell. 98 min. DCP

EXCLUSIVE FIRST RUN! ► A strange, mesmerizing work of spiritual longing and ecstatic beauty, the first feature co-directed by film artists Ben Rivers (British) and Ben Russell (American) explores the search for utopia and transcendence in our secularized world. Musician Robert A.A. Lowe (aka Lichens) links three seemingly disparate parts, appearing as a member of an Estonian island commune; then living in isolation in the wilds of northern Finland; and in the third part — oh, the third part! — singing in a Norwegian neo-pagan black metal band! The dreamy blend of experimental film, ethnography, and documentary casts a spell quite unlike any other movie you’ll see this year.

 

REVIEWS

"Magical ... One of the most bewitching cinematic experiences to come along in a long while."

Museum of Modern Art | full review

"A scattered tapestry of beautifully rendered concepts."

Indiewire | full review

"A sporadically arresting trip."

Variety | full review