Mon 18 November
Leeds Town Hall
Directed by Benjamin Christensen | Sweden, Denmark | 1922 | 1hr 31min | Silent, captions with subtitles
Edla Hansen began working in the Danish film industry from its earliest days, starting out as a film cutter at Nordisk Film in 1915. Though she went on to have an editing career that spanned five decades, it is Häxan that is her best remembered work. Released in 1922, this legendary silent film, written and directed by Benjamin Christensen, mixes documentary with dramatic vignettes to explore the history of witchcraft and hysteria. Hansen’s editing skillfully brings together elements of Gothic horror, dark humour and essay-film to create a truly unique piece of cinema.
FREE (with organ accompaniment by Darius Battiwalla)