A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

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  • A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

    2013. Estonia/France. Ben Russell and Ben Rivers. 98 min.

Post-screening discussion with Ben Rivers.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
  • A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

    2013. Estonia/France. Directed by Ben Russell and Ben Rivers. As collaborators, Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, two intrepid and nomadic talents of experimental film and art, have created one of the most bewitching cinematic experiences to come along in a great while. In A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, Robert A.A. Lowe, the celebrated musician behind Lichens and Om, gives a strangely affecting, perhaps even trance-inducing performance as the film’s Parsifal figure, a quixotic man who embarks on a quest for utopia—the holy grail of infinite truth, self-knowledge, and spiritual connectedness. He finds some measure of it in three seemingly disparate contexts: in a small collective community on a remote Estonian island, in isolation in the northern Finnish wilderness, and onstage fronting a black metal band in Norway. While his experience seems to be a perpetual one of home, exile, and return, for us, it is purely magical. 98 min.

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