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A Feitiçaria Através dos Tempos


27 october . 4 pm

Cinema Charlot – Auditório Municipal

Benjamin Christensen

Sweden, 1922, 106 min.



Swedish Film Institute

music and live score

Greta Eacott & AKELA


Benjamin Christensen, Astrid Holm, Elisabeth Christensen, Karen Winther, Maren Pedersen, Ella la Cour

Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages and early modern era suffered from the same ills as psychiatric patients diagnosed with hysteria in the film's own time.

Far from a dry dissertation on the topic, the film itself is a witches’ brew of the scary, the gross, and the darkly humorous. Christensen’s mix-and-match approach to genre anticipates gothic horror, documentary re-creation, and the essay film, making for an experience unlike anything else in the history of cinema.

Released in September 1922, Häxan cost around 2 million Swedish kroner, making it the most expensive Scandinavian film of the silent period.

Its depictions of feverish nuns and demonic orgies met censorship everywhere it was released, preventing Svensk Filmindustri from recouping its costs. Despite the film’s success with Danish audiences, Christensen was forced out of the Scandinavian film industry with a damaging reputation for extravagance.

Swedish Film Institute

A Feitiçaria Através dos Tempos
A Feitiçaria Através dos Tempos
Eacott e AKELA


Greta Eacott

Greta Eacott | percussion . foley

Greta Eacott is a critically acclaimed composer and percussionist, primarily known for her boundary pushing experimental percussion works and her non-disciplinary approach to music composition. This manifests in a unique and modern musical aesthetic which is both playful and refined, agitated and welcoming, sensual and synthetic.

Jonas Engdahl

AKELA | electronics

AKELA (Jonas S. D. Engdahl) is a sound artist and producer working across a range of electronic music projects from dark electronic dance music to experimental sound art and musique concrète.

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