Following the tragic death of his fiancée, Benny Miller packs up a small backpack, puts on a hipster cap and flies off to Iceland—he had once promised his beloved that they would go there together. He meets Inga at a bar, and the story doesn’t end up going the way you expect. Does Benny fall victim to a dark, twisted game, the charm of this girl he’s just met or his own delusions in response to traumatic memories? First-time director Brendan Walter deftly combines a thriller with melancholy slow cinema, epic images with an intimate psychological drama, a tale of unhappy love with horror. He creates a mixture in which important roles are played by obsessive-compulsive disorder, ancient magic, a one-night stand that gets out of control, genital fixation and a compulsion to lick things—taps, stones, icebergs, exhibits at the Icelandic Phallological Museum. This is a unique road move and horror, which doesn’t make things any easier, but the intimate tragedy that takes place in breathtaking Icelandic landscapes is fascinating.
Woodstock FF 2018 – Haskell Wexler Award, Best Cinematography
Born in Philadelphia in 1986, Brendan Walter is an American director, producer and screenwriter, as well as a photographer and musician. As a guitarist for the band Valencia, he spent seven years performing and recording. He was one of 32 students sued by the American music industry for piracy, after which he became a member of the Recording Industry Association of America. He has designed album covers and directed music videos and advertising films. Spell is his full-length feature debut.
2014 Twenty One Storeys in the Air
2017 Pumpkin (short)
2018 Urok / Spell