VERTICAL POOL PRESENTS
(2011; 125 min. USA)
"The complex, expertly constructed story involves a struggle for succession,
a murder, and a demonic possession. The twists of the story kept me
glued to the screen through several viewings; absolutely riveting and
the cinematography is gorgeous. A stellar cast, the film's great
depth and power will keep you thinking for a very long time."
-- David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4 stars)
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The Sordid Tale...(no spoilers)
The elder Magus of the Thelemic Temple of Horus is on his deathbed. Jack Mason, a promising young sex magickian cultivated to advance the lineage, loses his status when the elder Magus' biological son unexpectedly inherits The Temple through fraudulent means. Mason plots revenge and falls into a delirious maze of underworld encounters with professional psychopaths, desert brujas, and a twist of fate he never saw coming. Or did he? Meanwhile, Jack assigns his two hot-headed apprentices the ego-corrosive ritual of going into business as clowns to perform the classic fairy tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk" for kids. Is TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS an esoteric magickal ritual disguised as a zany occult vengeance tale? (only the Babes in the Abyss know for sure).
"Based on a true story about a deathbed contract signing and
the fraudulent transfer of power, I set this zany occult story
in the crossroads between urban and rural magickal
traditions." - Antero Alli, writer/director
"The Holy Guardian Angel and The Devil"
"It's not to be missed. This is a work of art and magic. I can't do it justice,
but strongly recommend it. Word to the wise: avoid thinking that any of it
is commentary on existing Orders of Thelemites. The Thelemic material is
just the context, and it's really about the characters and their deep flaws,
and how these develop and change in the context of magical practice."
- Joseph Thiebes, Thelemite, Priest of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica
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"The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed,
but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans
fought each other to a standstill." - Robert Anton Wilson