Until the Light Takes Us

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Until the Light Takes Us
film title, awards and critical commentary imposed over a stark black-and-white image of a man in black metal-wear – black clothing, spikes and corpse paint – holding an inverted cross
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Aaron Aites
Audrey Ewell
Produced by Aaron Aites
Tyler Brodie
Audrey Ewell
Gill Holland
Frederick Howard
Starring Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell
Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes
Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg
Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad
Harmony Korine
Bjarne Melgaard
Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg
Bård "Faust" Eithun
Cinematography Audrey Ewell
Odd Reinhardt Nicolaysen
Edited by Andrew Ford
Artists Public Domain
Field Pictures
The Group Entertainment
Distributed by Variance Films
Release date
  • October 31, 2008 (2008-10-31) (AFI Film Festival)
  • December 4, 2009 (2009-12-04) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Until the Light Takes Us is a 2008 American documentary film about Norwegian black metal by the directors Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell. It was released on December 4, 2009.

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Variance Films acquired the theatrical rights to the film in the U.S. and released it in New York City on December 4, 2009.[1] The film grossed $7,246 on a single screen in its first week, the second highest per-screen gross of any debuting film at the time (behind Up in the Air).[citation needed]


Until the Light Takes Us has received a 54 approval rating at Metacritic[2] and a 48% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

Andrew O'Hehir of Salon.com called the film "crafty and compelling".[3] Nick Pinkerton of The Village Voice said, "The filmmakers seem cowed into obeisance by their subjects. Varg's last onscreen appearance is accompanied by a montage fitting a schoolyard crush, and the film's title is the translation of Burzum's fourth album, Hvis lyset tar oss. [...] [the film] arrives a decade too late to add much."[4]


  1. ^ a b "Until the Light Takes Us – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Until the Light Takes Us Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More – Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  3. ^ O'Hehir, Andrew (December 7, 2009). "Until the Light Takes Us – Salon.com". Salon.com. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  4. ^ Pinkerton, Nick (December 1, 2009). "Until the Light Takes Us: A Norwegian Black Metal Documentary – Page 1 – Movies – New York – Village Voice". villagevoice.com. Retrieved September 25, 2012.

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