The Mill and The Cross
(Poland/Sweden/2011—directed by Lech Majewski)
Pieter Bruegel’s masterpiece The Way to Calvary depicts the story of Christ’s Passion set in Flanders under Spanish occupation in the year 1564, the year that Bruegel created his painting.
From the more than five hundred figures that fill Bruegel’s remarkable canvas, The Mill and the Cross – thanks to a pioneering melding of stylized performances and CGI technology – focuses on a dozen characters whose stories unfold and intertwine in a landscape populated by villagers and red-caped horsemen.
Among them are Bruegel himself (played by the late Rutger Hauer), his friend and art collector Nicholas Jonghelinck (Michael York), and the Virgin Mary (Charlotte Rampling). Presented in association with the DIA’s exhibition Breugel’s “The Wedding Dance” Revealed, on view from Dec. 14, 2019 through Aug. 30, 2020. (97 min.)
“Extraordinary. A film of great beauty and attention – watching it is a form of meditation.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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