Art Blog - Ben Rivers, Ben Russell - Empty Kingdom

Ben Rivers and Ben Russell collaborate to create the observational wilderness epic that is A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness. A subtly intriguing experimental narrative constantly questioning the products of our cultural output.

In depth film synopsis can be read as follows (via MUBI):

“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 artist / 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.”

Trailer embedded down below for your viewing pleasure.

Art Blog - Ben Rivers, Ben Russell - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Ben Rivers, Ben Russell - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Ben Rivers, Ben Russell - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Ben Rivers, Ben Russell - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Ben Rivers, Ben Russell - Empty Kingdom

Trailer for A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS.

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, 2013

Ben Rivers
Ben Russell


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