ARROW BLU RAY RELEASE: The Sacred Spirit (2021)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was first on the site on April 15, 2022. Arrow Video is releasing it as a two disk blu ray set with an exclusive second disc containing a selection of award-winning short films by director Chema Garcia Ibarra including The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5Protoparticles, Mystery, Uranes, The Disco Shines and The Golden Legend.

It also has a fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Shelagh Rowan-Legg, author of The Spanish Fantastic: Contemporary Filmmaking in Horror, Fantasy, and Sci-fi, a fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative, and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative.

The set also includes Beyond the Eye of Horus, a visual essay about the use of surveillance and Egyptology in The Sacred Spirit by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; Pyramid Scheme, a visual essay examining conspiracy, class and capitalism in The Sacred Spirit by Josh Nelson; Domestic Science Fiction, an interview with writer-director Chema Garcia Ibarra;  four behind the scenes featurettes; Elche Vision, a series of six location reports about the making of the film, hosted by actress Lorena Iglesias in character as Esther Armengol, presenter of The Sacred Spirit’s fictional local TV show; promotional videos in which the characters of The Sacred Spirit talk about themselves; uncut background television broadcasts shot especially for the film and presented here in full; an image gallery and theatrical trailers. You can order this set from MVD.

“Cosmic Pharaoh” José Manuel is a member of the ufology association Ovni-Levante (UFO-Raise), which meets weekly to exchange information about the latest messages from the stars and abductions down here on Earth. When their leader dies unexpectedly, José becomes humanity’s only hope, the keeper of a cosmic secret. Even more mysteriously, that knowledge ties into the disappearance of José’s niece Vanessa from the town of Elche.

This movie packs in every conspiracy theory you’ve ever heard — ancient aliens, organ harvesting, secret societies — and places them alongside the very human drama of growing up weird in a dysfunctional family in a small town in the middle of nowhere.

Director and writer Chema García Ibarra has put together something quite strange here and that last image of the Sphinx — inflating as it brings the goofiness, the strange and the everyday together much like the rest of this film — is one that will stick with me for some time.

And that first scene, where Vanessa’s twin sister Verónica gives her class a speech about what devil worshippers look for when they kidnap children? It perfectly sums up the rest of the film, a story about how believers search for meaning and yet often miss the darkness gathering around them if it doesn’t fit the mythology they’ve created for themselves.

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