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Hermetica Komhata HK320

From 1941 to 1943, Dr Joseph H. Stanislaw produced a science fiction film with which he intended to disclose his theories and research concerning the study of the influence of cosmic emanations on the human mind, through his experiments with film of Ektoplasmic sensitivity.
The story of this unique scientist and his unreleased film (Sadly destroyed by Soviet authorities during the siege of Leningrad )
It seemed lost forever ...
Until 1965 when some of the most important pieces of his invaluable legacy were found in the depository of Kresty prison. Now at last, after a painstaking restoration, and thanks to the magic of cinema's science,
We are going to travel into an utopian world where all his theories have been implemented.

  • Ricardo Salvador
  • Erik Alexander Wilson
    Director of Photography
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Hermetica Komhata HK320
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, experimental, Surreal, metaphysical
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 18, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    200,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    S 16 mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film Festival 2016
    September 18, 2016
    Official selection
    December 3, 2016
    Official selection
  • International Monthly Film Festival
    February 22, 2017
    Nominated Best Experimental Film
  • Defy Film Festival
    United States
    August 18, 2017
    USA premiere
    Official selection
  • Experimental Superstars
    Novi Sad
    August 26, 2017
    Serbian premiere
    Official selection
  • European Film Festival (Mainstream & Underground)
    Russian Federation
    October 14, 2017
    Finalist Best Feature Film
  • The First Hermetic International Film Festival (FHIFF)
    March 2, 2018
    Italian premiere
    Mercury Award for best picture, Eco Award for best research, Jodorowsky Award for best topic
  • Arizona Undeground Film festival
    United States
    September 18, 2018
    Official selection
  • Cinematic Panic
    Memphis TN
    United States
    October 25, 2018
    Official selection
  • La mistura festival de cultura remix
    November 15, 2018
    Official selection
Director Biography - Ricardo Salvador

Ric Salvador (born 1970, Zaragoza , Spain)
Other names: Dr. Joseph H. Stanislaw
Editor, 2d animator, Post-production manager, screenwriter and underground film-maker.
Since 1998 Salvador has been developing film making activities between London (UK) and Zaragoza (Spain) he works as an editor and in post-production collaboraring in short films, features and advertising .
In the year 2000 his passion for ancient philosophy influenced him to found Hermetica films, a company dedicated to produce underground films of hidden knowledge through the exploration of alternative narrative worlds.
"UNO" (2001) Super 8, colour, 15 min. Filmatic Award in 2001
"He thought He could FLY" (2002) 16 mm, colour, 5 min.
"Ánimas" (2003) 35 mm, b/w & colour, 3 min.
Since 2005 to date he has been experimenting with public archive's footage, creating twenty-three short pieces of appropriation and ten animations, a collection made under the name of
"The Observatory of Nuclear Ectoplasm" A fictional society of scholars and scientists founded to restored the memory of DR. Joseph Hyeronimous Stanislaw; an unusual and almost invisible (fictitious) scientist-filmmaker who disappeared in 1944 .
The Observatory project continued in 2010 when he assumed the role of directing and editing the retro SCi-Fi film "Hermetica Komhata HK320" (2016) Super 16mm & 2K digital, b/w & colour, 95 min. Finally completed and released as a found footage film, the final cut is the product of the combination of six filmed scenes of conventional fiction with the Observatory’s collection, which it was specially produced to build up the narrative of the film.

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Director Statement

Ric Salvador is passionate about metaphysics, mysticism, kabbalah, spiritism ... and uses the genre of Science Fiction / Terror in an underground and experimental way, to transmute within his films, transcendental and pseudo-scientific themes into a unique amalgam of cinematic techniques and manipulation.