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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

Documentary . Music

A man at three disparate moments in his life: as a member of a fifteen-person collective on a small Estonian island, alone in the wilderness of Northern Finland and as the singer of a neo-pagan black metal band in Norway. Three moments for a radical proposition for the creation of utopia in the present.

Actors: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Directors: Ben Rivers , Ben Russell
Release: 2015-03-18
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  • John Semley

    It captures a kind of essential form of self-expression (and pleasure) that exceeds categorization, creating a shared experience between the musicians, the filmmakers, and the viewer that feels sublime.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Nikola Grozdanovic

    This is a film that should, at the very least, make one appreciate the all-encompassing breadth of cinema, and, at most, provoke deeper thought of transcendental existence in correlation with nature and The Idea of Man.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    It’s the cathartic, even meditative qualities of metal that are explored in A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness, a new documentary whatsit that frequently resembles nothing so much as an adaptation of some imaginary black-metal record.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    The film is accessible and often hypnotic on an intuitive level.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Landscapes and lyric conundrums distinguish the first two-thirds of this find-your-own-meaning artflick, which unfurls like some stranger's life you're half reliving.

    Village Voice Full Review