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.”

The Begotten are a group of four musicians who create a sustained, intense improvised soundscape. Originally forming to soundtrack Elias Merighe’s legendary early 1990s experimental film 'Begotten' – the group have now developed their own material.

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