The evocative and atmospheric HAGAZUSSA, the debut feature from Austrian filmmaker Lukas Feigelfeld, is a haunting pagan death trip—a startling vision of psychedelic horror set in a dark past when Europe suffered from the paranoia and superstition that swept the land.
HAGAZUSSA (a.k.a. HAGAZUSSA: A HEATHEN’S CURSE) will receive a limited theatrical release across the U.S. in mid-April, followed immediately by its release on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD platforms.
In the 15th Century in the remote Austrian Alps, the orphan Albrun (Celina Peter) grows up to be a simple goatherd living in solitude…and a marked woman. As a scapegoat of ancient myths and monstrous misogyny, Albrun (portrayed by Aleksandra Cwen as an adult) finds herself tormented by the local townsfolk, driving her to unleash the inner darkness that swells within her. A self-styled witch, Albrun soon exercises her other-worldly birthright and conjures a plague that makes the surrounding human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison.
“After researching old pagan beliefs and folklore about witches that were supposed to roam the mountain woods in those times, my interest was to develop a character that these folk tales would have branded as a witch,” says HAGAZUSSA writer/director Feigelfeld on his exploration of the intersection between ancient magic, faith and madness. “[I also wanted] to dig deeper into her psyche and see her as the traumatized, mistreated and finally delusional person that society constructed.”
HAGAZUSSA is the second title scheduled released under the new distribution deal between Doppelgänger Releasing, the genre label of Music Box Films, and Bloody Disgusting, the country’s leading horror genre website.
HAGAZUSSA enjoyed lauded screenings at genre festivals across the globe, including Germany’s Filmfest Nights, Lisbon’s International Horror Film Festival and Austin’s colossal Fantastic Fest. Opening in limited theaters in top markets across the U.S. beginning April 19th, HAGAZUSSA will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant, FandangoNow, GooglePlay, Vudu and YouTube) on April 23, 2019.
Acclaimed by Bloody Disgusting as Germany’s answer to the 2015 cult favorite The Witch, HAGAZUSSA is a creepy creation filled with just the right mix of moody atmosphere, brooding terror and supernatural dread to ignite the fire of slow-burn horror fans everywhere.
More information on HAGAZUSSA may be found on the Doppelgänger Releasing website at www.musicboxfilms.com/film/hagazussa
HAGAZUSSA — Theater locations and dates
*Please check Doppelganger Releasing website for additional dates & info
•Los Angeles (Monica Film Center): April 19
•New York (Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn): April 19
•Chicago (Music Box Theater): April 19
•San Francisco (Alamo Drafthouse New Mission) April 19
•Seattle (Grand Illusion Cinema): April 19
•Phoenix (Filmbar) Houston (Alamo Drafthouse La Centerra): April 24
•Washington D.C. (Alamo Drafthouse Winchester): April 26
•Portland (Hollywood Theater): April 30
Directors/screenwriter: Lukas Feigelfeld; Cast: Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini, Tanja Petrovsky, Haymon Maria Buttinger; Running Time:102 min.; Genre: Horror; Format: 2.35:1 widescreen; Sound Format: 5.1 Surround; Rating: NR; Country: Germany and Austria; Language: German with English subtitles.