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Nicolas Cage’s SEASON OF THE WITCH releases 21 Jan

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 6:14:12 PM (IST) | Bollywood Trade Editorial


Multivision Multimedia India (P) Ltd. is all set to release supernatural thriller SEASON OF THE WITCH (SOTW) directed by Dominic Sena (GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS, SWORDFISH).  Set in the 14th century, SOTW is produced by Charles Roven (THE DARK KNIGHT, GET SMART) and Alex Gartner (GET SMART, THE UPSIDE OF ANGEr).

With screenplay by Bragi Schut (THRESHHOLD), SOTW combines the authenticity of a historical epic with the drama and pacing of a contemporary supernatural action thriller, as it takes audiences into a dark and dangerous world where faith may be the only defence. The filmmakers assembled an extraordinary international ensemble cast, headed up by Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (NATIONAL TREASURE, GHOST RIDER), Ron Perlman (HELLBOY, SONS OF ANARCHY), Stephen Campbell Moore (THE BANK JOB, HISTORY BOYS), Claire Foy (GOING POSTAL, LITTLE DORRIT), Stephen Graham (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, PUBLIC ENEMIES), Ulrich Thomsen (CENTURION, THE INTERNATIONAL), Robert Sheehan (CHERRYBOMB) and Christopher Lee (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND). The film is releasing in India with 250 plus screens in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on Jan 21, 2011.

From the grand castle inhabited by the all-powerful cardinal to the ancient abbey that holds the key to the film’s ultimate mystery, SEASON OF THE WITCH is rich with painstakingly researched and reproduced images of life in the Middle Ages. It’s not just a period film. It’s a rip-roaring adventure filled with bravura performances, exciting stunts and unforgettable vistas. It’s gorgeously realized, full of great action and downright scary.  


SEASON OF THE WITCH stars Nicolas Cage as medieval knight Behmen, who undertakes a mission pitting him against a devious witch and making him the last hope for the world against an ancient and dark force. His faith broken by years of battle as a crusader, Behmen returns to central Europe to find his homeland decimated by the Black Plague. While searching for food and supplies at the Palace at Marburg, Behmen and his trusted companion, Felson (Ron Perlman), are apprehended and ordered by the dying Cardinal to deliver a young peasant girl believed to be the witch responsible for the Plague to a remote abbey where her powers can be destroyed. Behmen agrees to the assignment but only if the peasant girl is granted a fair trial. As he and five others set off on this dangerous journey, they realize with mounting dread that the cunning girl is no ordinary human and that their mission will pit them against an evil that even in these dark times they never could have imagined.

After the months of physical training, onerous shooting conditions and an exhausting schedule, Nicolas Cage is excited by the finished film’s skill-full mix of character study and genre thrills. “The movie is complicated and beautiful,” he says. “Dominic Sena did a remarkable job conceiving and photographing a film as original and exciting as this one. When the movie comes to the climax, you’re as surprised as the characters are by what you’re seeing. I think it makes for a great ride.”

Director Dominic Sena adds, “This is about six people on a dangerous journey through rough territory, and we get to know the characters along the way. The story is told on a very human scale, and it touches on issues of good and evil, of religion and redemption. It takes place in a time when people believed that supernatural events were commonplace. And yet, it’s filled with relatable elements in terms of what is happening in our world. The characters are questioning things that many people question today. As a filmmaker, I always want the story to resonate with today’s audience and a lot of things are going on in the world today that have shaken our foundation of beliefs. When we question our beliefs and we don’t have answers for things, we still have a tendency to look for scapegoats.”

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