Häxan (1922) is a filmic testament of the discovery of witches. Life of Brian (1979) is a bold rewriting of the New Testament. Yeelen (1987) shows that immortality will not be trapped in the chronological flow of history. Cure (1997) and Naked Lunch (1991) take us to the no man's land of the subconscious. But wait, is there really nobody there? 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is like the link to them all, taking us on an immortal journey of enlightenment to the endless universe.

Conservative viewers may find it counter-intuitive or strange to associate cinema and occultism. They tend to label this approach as over-reading, elusive, or conspiracy theory gone too far. They'll then stay in their comfort zone of seeing films through the spectrum of humanism. But a viewer can never savour the joys of The Holy Mountain (1973) if he or she doesn't have occultism in mind. This series has no intention to impose an occultist way of seeing all films. We simply, with an curious eye, hope to take you on a journey of discovery, to the mysterious realms of the great alchemists of cinema, such as Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, David Cronenberg… for now. You may even expect David Lynch, Andrei Tarkovsky or Jacques Rivette too...

Western painting contains so many hints of occultism, and the 120-year history of cinema can't be immune to it either. Believe it or not, cinema was created to inherit this grand tradition.


Hong Kong Film Critics Society


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