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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

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Friday 3/21
7:00 pm
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dirs. Ben Rivers & Ben Russell, Estonia/Finland/Norway, 2013, HD, 98 min.

Co-Director Ben Russell in person

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, A Spell is a radical proposition for the existence of utopia in the present.

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.