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by Ben Rivers, Ben Russell


From pagan re-enactors to failed communes, black metal festivals to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, A Spell to Ward off the Darkness is an inquiry into the possibilities of a spiritual existence within an increasingly secular Western culture. A participatory ethnography in the best possible sense, A Spell choreographs the actions of non-actors within existing Scandinavian landscapes in an effort to arrive at a hybrid document of the past, present, and future; it is a record of experience that proposes belief in transcendence as a viable outcome of living in the now.

international title: A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
original title: A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
country: France, Estonia
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell
film run: 95'
screenplay: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell
cinematography by: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell
film editing: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell
music: Veldo Tormis, Lichens, Queequeg
producer: Julie Gayet, Indrek Kasela, Nadia Turincev
production: Rouge International, Must Käsi (Black Hand)
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main awards/selection

Locarno Film Festival 2013 
Toronto International Film Festival 2013 
London Film Festival 2013 
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2013 
AFI Fest 2013 
Torino Film Festival 2013 

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