The Sacred Spirit

Out on:VOD 15th April 2022


“A magical, bewitching space oddity” - Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage

“An original auteur vision”- Martin Kudlac, Screen Anarchy

“An immaculately framed feature” - Jay Weissberg, Variety

“An unsettling amble towards a horrifying conclusion”★★★★ - Joseph Owen, The Upcoming

On April 15 2022, the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW premieres THE SACRED SPIRIT, an astounding, one-of-a-kind masterwork from Spanish writer/director Chema Garcia Ibarra.

The film starts out as a kooky comedy about a seemingly-harmless group of eccentric UFO spotters thrown into disarray when their founder dies, then takes a truly unexpected turn into much darker material. Ibarra, a director of award-winning shorts, making his feature debut here, manages to balance this uneasy mix of the quirky and downright disturbing. Composing scenes with a Wes Anderson-esque attention to detail, and shooting in luminous 16mm, he draws marvellous performances from a non-professional cast in the city of Elche (Ibarra’s hometown).

THE SACRED SPIRIT has wowed festivals, winning the prestigious Golden Leopard at the 2021 Locarno Film Festival and Best Film at the 2021 Berlanga Awards among others, and Ibarra has been described by Variety as having a “flair for quirky storytelling combined with a terrific eye.” It is a truly unique, powerful and eventually extraordinarily moving film that needs to be watched twice. It also features the most outlandishly appropriate cover of Dolores O’Riordan’s Zombie you’ll ever hear.

Synopsis: José Manuel and the other members of the ufology association Ovni-Levante meet weekly to exchange information about extraterrestrial messages and abductions. Julio, their leader, dies unexpectedly, leaving José Manuel as the only person who knows about the cosmic secret that could alter the human future. Meanwhile in Spain a search is going on for a little girl who disappeared some weeks before.

Watch THE SACRED SPIRIT first: head to ARROW and start your 30-day free trial. Available on the following Apps/devices: Xbox, Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV; iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at

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For more information contact:
Fetch Publicity | Sadari Cunningham |

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Release date
15th April, 2022


Chema Garcia Ibarra