‘Cold Void’: a new raw and honest documentary about SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth


ARTAX FILM have released a video teaser for an arthouse documentary feat. SHINING‘s Niklas Kvarforth, entitled Cold Void. The notorious founder of the Swedish black metal act is the focal point of a new movie. The documentary tries to capture a personal portrait of Niklas Kvarforth, who has made headlines that have involved addiction, suicide and self-destruction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, passion, and exceptional musicianship.

The project was undertaken by arthouse producer Claudio Marino and his film production company Artax Film. Cold Void is scheduled for release in autumn.

Claudio Marino states that Cold Void is a film for anyone interested in life stories, and was not made with the intention of pandering to SHINING‘s fans. It is very much a personal journey, bringing a much-needed clarity and lack of sensationalism to the subject of Niklas Kvarforth.

He also comments:

“I’ve known about Niklas and his music for a long time. His story interested me and I wanted to know more about him as a person. I did some research and we got in contact. I showed him my documentary trilogy ‘Blood and Spirit’ and he was interested in working with me. We  got along from the start and he proved  to be very cooperative. He was brutally honest,  and never left  any of my questions unanswered.”

Claudio Marino is known for his documentary Blood and Spirit, a trilogy about three different artists who live for their art, a tattoo artist, an mixed martial arts fighter, and a Satanist, who happened to be Erik Danielsson from WATAIN.

Cold Void is scheduled for release in autumn. More information about Artax Film can be found here. Read our own talk we had with Niklas last summer here.