House of the Wickedest Man in the World

Ijäs Jan

House of the Wickedest Man in the World is the story of a ruined building near the city of Cefalú in Sicily. In the early 1920s, Aleister Crowley, the most famous occultist of his time, lived in the building, practicing magical rituals, and using hard drugs to heighten their intensity. Crowley also painted frescoes on the rituals of the Abbey of Thelema in his temple in the style of Paul Gauguin, whom he admired. Benito Mussolini expelled Crowley from the country in 1923. The frescoes were whitewashed, and the house was sealed. In the summer of 1955, experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger found the building, got permission to open the seals, and turned it into a residence as a researcher. Anger cleaned a large part of the house's walls from the whitewash and was planning to shoot a film about Crowley's frescoes and time in Cefalú. The Thelema Abbey film was never released. Nowadays, the building is deserted and is located next to the city's football stadium. The building has been allowed to disrepair because it is still believed that "evil forces" stayed in it.

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House of the Wickedest Man in the World
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Jan Ijäs (Author), Jan Ijäs (Cinematographer), Ville Piippo (Cinematographer), Lauri Ainala (Composer), Vilunki 3000 (Composer), Juho Liukkonen (Composer), Jan Ijäs (Director), Jan Ijäs (Editor), Jan Ijäs (Producer), Svante Colérus (Sound Design), Richard Stanley (Actor), Rebecca Clamp (Actor), AVEK (Funder), Atalante Oy (Production Company)
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Jan Ijäs

Born: 1975

Media artist and film director Jan Ijäs (b. 1975) studied documentary film making at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography at the Aalto University in Helsinki. His work can be described as a blend of avant garde, experimental media art and documentary film making. His films have been screened at more than 200 Finnish and international film festivals and as installations in museums and art galleries. He has won numerous awards, including the Finnish Risto Jarva Prize in 2011 for SWEET MOV(I)E, Raft of the Médusa, film about immigration won Amnesty International Award 2018 at the IndieLisboa film festival in Portugal.

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