L’autre monde ("The Otherworld")
Hidden deep in the south of France, practically untouched by the modern age, is a place known by many as “the Zone”. In this space, which encompasses Montsegur (site of the Cathar genocide and a place where portals into the past and ghostly apparitions are commonplace), Rennes-Le-Chateau (where a priest was reputed to have struck a deal with dark forces, an enormous fortress of secrets and treasures, among which might be the burial place of the actual Holy Grail) and Bugarach (a superforce draw for doomsday cults and the site of a mountain known to be harbouring alien vessels), the supernatural is an everyday reality of life. Magic is everywhere. It is reason. It is currency. It is unquestionable fact.
Prepare yourself for a journey into life on the other side of the mirror. Legendary filmmaker Richard Stanley (HARDWARE, DUST DEVIL, THE THEATRE BIZARRE, as well as a string of stunning documentaries) has never been under spoken about his studies in mysticism and the occult. A trained anthropologist whose brain glows with secret knowledge and forgotten histories, Stanley has spent decades exploring the literal fantastic.
In 2009, after having regularly visited the area for over 20 years, he took up permanent residence in the village of Montsegur. The experiences that Stanley has had there, the people he has grown to understand and the astounding possibilities behind what he has learned compelled him to make this film, to show the outside world a little bit of what’s going on in the Zone. It is a visually dazzling work, and a deeply fascinating one. It takes you into haunted places, sits you down with sorcerers, scholars and lunatics, and brings you sights that few of this world have seen. Most importantly, it’s 90 minutes in the company of some of the most unusual and compelling personalities you could hope to meet. Through their testimonials and endeavors, we are afforded a rare glimpse, not only into supernatural forces, but the myriad ways that humankind struggles with understanding them.
Shot by Karim Hussain, edited by Patrick Tremblay, and scored by the great Simon Boswell, L’AUTRE MONDE is the spellbinding — and often very funny — result of 22 years of occult study in the region, It is truly a film that only Richard Stanley could have made. An unforgettable voyage into the otherworld awaits you.
— Mitch Davis