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LORDS OF CHAOS

by Jonas Åkerlund

synopsis

For black-clad nihilist Øystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous, the founding member of pioneering Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, making music simply isn’t enough. He wants to make a difference by spreading his mantra of chaos and suffering across Norway. But when his band face an unexpected tragedy, Euronymous’ megalomaniacal dreams appear to slip away. That is, until he meets Varg, an emotionally volatile superfan who becomes the group’s newest member and demands that Euronymous act on his vision and cause real havoc, with catastrophic results. Drawing inspiration from Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind’s book Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, this bracingly unconventional biopic is every bit as raucous, energetic and offensive as its contentious subject matter deserves.

international title: Lords of Chaos
original title: Lords of Chaos
country: United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, United States
sales agent: Protagonist Pictures
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Jonas Åkerlund
film run: 112'
release date: DE 20/02/2019, GB 29/03/2019
screenplay: Jonas Åkerlund, Dennis Magnusson
cast: Jon Øigarden, Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Sky Ferreira, Valter Skarsgård, Anthony De La Torre, Sam Coleman, Gustaf Hammarsten, Jonathan Barnwell
cinematography by: Pär M. Ekberg
film editing: Jonas Åkerlund, Rickard Krantz
art director: Emma Fairley
costumes designer: Susie Coulthard
producer: Jack Arbuthnott, Jim Czarnecki, Kwesi Dickson, Danny Gabai, Erik Gordon, Kai-Lu Hsiung, Ko Mori, Frederick Zander
co-producer: Jacqui Edenbrow, Abazar Khayami
executive producer: Carlo Dusi, Vincent Landay, Eddy Moretti, Adam Parfrey, Ashley Richardson, Shane Smith, Jonas Åkerlund
associate producer: Casey Feldman, Travis Callahan
line producer: Judit Sós, Håkon Øverås
production: 4 1/2 Film AS, The Chimney Pot Sweden / Chimney, RSA Films, Scott Free Productions, Eleven Arts (US), Insurgent Media (US)
distributor: Studio Hamburg Enterprises, Arrow Film Distributors
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