Jeu de Paume in Paris is closed until 28 September 2024 due to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Jeu de Paume in Tours is open.

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House (still), 2005, 16 mm, black and white, silent, 5 mins
© Ben Rivers


I've thought lately of houses

Ben Rivers film cycle

Thursday 23 November 2023 • 6:30 PM

Jeu de Paume – Paris

With an introduction of author Irene Solà. With Ben Rivers and Antoine Thirion.

films screened

2005, 16 mm, black and white, silent, 5 mins
A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
Co-directed by Ben Russell, 2014, digital, colour, sound, 98 mins, original version, French subtitles

Darkness, then a spell to ward it off. On the one hand, the remains of an old, abandoned house, where fragments of a domestic history once full of life, remain and are reinvested by the stuff of horror films. On the other, an anonymous character, played by musician Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, is followed over three seemingly disparate moments in his life: first, on a small Estonian island, second, isolated in the majestic wilderness of northern Finland, and finally, in Norway at a black metal concert.