2019 | Lukas Feigelfeld | Austria/Germany | German with English subtitles | 102 min | NR
In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. This atmospheric debut feature from Lukas Feigelfeld is a haunting pagan death trip and a startling vision of psychedelic horror.
“Its mix of the poetical, repugnant, and phantasmagorical will weave a singular spell for more adventuresome, arthouse-friendly viewers.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Feigelfeld uses amplified sound design and MMMD’s intense bowed-bass drones to conjure an otherworldly presence from the starkly beautiful natural settings. This is a sensual, slow-burning tragedy filled with ominous awe.” — Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound
“Its greatest achievement is the way HAGAZUSSA becomes more powerfully hallucinatory and yet more bluntly real as it unfolds.” — Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight