Starring musician Robert A.A. Lowe, A Spell… follows an unnamed character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life: 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 black metal concert in Norway. Marked by solitude, ecstatic beauty, and an optimism of the darkest sort, this hypnotic film is at once a document of experience and an experience itself, an inquiry into transcendence that sees the cinema as a site for transformation.
Dir. Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, 2013, 98m, DCP
Presented in partnership with the Film Studies Center, the University of Chicago, in conjunction with Ben Rivers’s exhibition, Urth, at the Renaissance Society (Sep 10-Nov 6).
Admission is free and no booking is required.