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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (Dual Format Edition)


by Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, the first feature-length collaboration between artist filmmakers Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) and Ben Russell (Let Each One Go Where He May) 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 to Ward Off the Darkness 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 to Ward Off the Darkness 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.

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SKU 5060238039437
Product contents 1 DVD + 1 Blu-ray disc
Year 2013 (DVD 2014)
Director Rivers, Ben; Russell, Ben
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) SODA
Countries UK
Colour Colour
Sound Sound
Language(s) English
Running time 98 min
DVD region 0
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15
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