The Gene Siskel Film Center is currently running their 17th Annual European Union Film Festival through the month of March. Please see their website for screenings and showtimes.
You can look at the stunning opening sequence of A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness as your road map to understanding the three sections that compose the film. Ben Rivers and Ben Russell pan through a Finnish oceanscape. Capturing an isle visage, the sun sets with the once-defined image becoming blurred and amounting to little more than a black and blue mass. A hypnotic chant enters the audio, penetrating the image. The three sequences - a defined image, a blurred mass, and the redefinition of that image - all serve to underscore A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness’ thesis on the stages of solitude and a perpetual search for communal belonging for the creative experience.Read More