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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013)

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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... See full summary »


Ben Rivers, Ben Russell
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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. Written by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell

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18 March 2015 (France) See more »

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Ein Zauber gegen die Dunkelheit See more »

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Finland See more »

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11 May 2017 | by EyesWideClockworkSee all my reviews

Mysterious; Dark; Beautiful; Mysterious; Sombre; Mystical; Magic; Realms; Twirling, in the Night; Pulchritudinous; Clouds

The world seeps into a dark somber; a dark cyclone into absolute trinity; tranquility spins... The first moments of nature..

Reflections Water

The first scenes..transportive; and carry it into realms

Enter Utopia

Ash tipped Clouds; Fire..Primal Light & Darkness dance in the sombre

Meandering conversations pursue, profound; why follow paths? We can follow paths to a certain goal, but ultimately it is impossible; why restrict ourselves with rigid paths; predictability. It is not true

The young, old; old nature, old life; young life, old life

Blood red clouds; primal passion The bodies, embrace in Nature

Time is taken here..not rushed.. it is slow; dreamy. Time is taken truly here; it is slowed down; all is calm. As Malick has said, people are rushed to talk in the modern age, and must speak quickly; here, time is in the essence, or merely does not exist.

The paradox; paragon; infinity; center The persona; discusses the trance of the rave, entering the zone, in sync with the earth, and others; immorph into one; metaphysical

Enter Shangri-La

Sunlight, smoke; the decimation of time..

Ancient Poets; ancient powers


The time moves slowly..so slow.. A boat; a silhouette on the distant sunrise/sunset; cloud, the sun bleaches clouds..

Distant Distant light against the water...

Animal kingdom

Modernism & Nature Memories of livelihood

The mosaics spin into one...

Eyes; three beads of light Tarkovsky..Fire..House

Fire Fire Triangle Fire Tribal

Screams in the dark The meditative finale..ancient, soul touching...

Chants.. sighs..release; freedom; radical Power Magic Energy

Wildness; release...let go

The pure unmarked naked fury Passion Breath-taking

Our masks, eventually fall away

Lights Intense Emotion

Like a a subconscious wave; an abstract whole rhythm; heavenly, enigma Enter the sync, the trance All heart, soul; electric The insanity Special..

The scene; life changing In that moment, all are connected to life

Nothing mattered; primal; life unleashed Man, Beast? Truthful

It has rendered my barriers naked Transporting; enlightening

Into the vortex

It fills my soul..

A spell, to ward off the darkness

Like nothing before..

Like nothing else..

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