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The Otherworld (2013)
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 harboring alien vessels), the supernatural is an everyday reality of life. Magic is everywhere. It is reason. It is currency. It is unquestionable fact.
In 2009, after having regularly visited the area for over 20 years, the filmmaker Richard Stanley 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 much of 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.