HÄXAN + live score by The Begotten

HÄXAN + live score by The Begotten

  • Directed by Benjamin Christensen
  • Starring Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen
  • w/ Live Score
  • 1922 | 105mins | Sweden, Denmark | rated (15)

A live original score played on stage by The Begotten accompanies silent cinema classic, Haxan, a 1922 Swedish-Danish docu-drama written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Banned in many countries on its release, the film is a series of disturbing and visionary vignettes exploring the history of witchcraft, demonology and Satanism through the ages. Loosely based on the Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches), a 15th-century German guide for inquisitors, Häxan is a study of how superstition and ignorance could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts.

“Such were the Middle Ages, when witchcraft and the Devil’s work were sought everywhere. And that is why unusual things were believed to be true.”

Häxan is screening as part of the curated film season 'Nigredo Nights - Witches Sabbath' in collaboration with the National Film and Television School