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Hagazussa – A Heathen’s Curse

Hagazussa

This dark tale will put you under its spell.

Credits

Dir-Scr Lukas Feigelfeld
Prod Simon Lubinski, Lukas Feigelfeld
With Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini
Germany-Austria
2017
102min
Sales Raven Banner Entertainment

A haunting meditation on witchcraft and insanity, set in 15th century Austria, which offers a visceral and truly unique horror experience. Young Albrun lives with her mother in an isolated mountain hut. Life is hard enough, but when her mother falls gravely ill, Albrun is left traumatised and alone. 15 years later, Albrun has a child of her own, but with no husband in sight she is ostracised from her small community. As she forms a tentative friendship with a local woman, dark memories and psychotic delusions infiltrate Albrun’s thoughts and the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur. Although reminiscent of acclaimed period chiller The Witch in its heady fusion of mounting paranoia against a pagan backdrop, this hypnotic debut is quite a different beast. More abstract in its storytelling and lyrical in its approach, it owes as much to the cinema of Tarkovsky as it does the horror genre.

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Lukas Feigelfeld, Director; Aleksandra Cwen, Cast

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