By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz February 2, 2011 at 3:30AM
Wide is proud that its new acquisition, The Mill and the Cross by Lech Majewski, is having its World Premiere at Sundance and its European Premiere at Rotterdam. The Director Lech Majewski changes the way art is portrayed on film, pioneering a new method to “enter” a painting and to create a narrative based on its depicted figures, performed by live actors. In post-production, Majewski painstakingly layered various elements: for example, he added an actor shot in front of a blue screen to several layers of both painted backdrops and location footage, enhanced by digital footage of a majestic sky shot in New Zealand. This process allowed the filmmaker to act as a painter himself.
Sundance Film Festival, USA 2011 - New Frontier Films section
Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands 2011 - Spectrum section
Special screening at Le Louvre (Paris, France), February 2011
Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden 2011
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The Mill and the Cross by Lech Majewski. Pieter Bruegel’s 1564 epic masterpiece, The Procession to Calvary, portrays Jesus staggering to his crucifixion, lost in a panoramic landscape crowded with hundreds of villagers and red-caped horsemen. In depicting Jesus’ plight as one among many vignettes, while soldiers on horseback loom threateningly, Bruegel boldly transposes Christ’s passion and death to sixteenth-century Flanders—a time when the Belgian people were suffering terribly under brutal Spanish occupation.
World Premiere at Sundance
Poland/Sweden - 2010 - 97min
Cast: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling
Lech Majewski, one of Europe’s most adventurous and inspired filmmakers, translates Bruegel´s masterpiece The Procession to Calvary into cinema, mischievously inviting the viewer to live inside the aesthetic universe of the painting as we watch it being created.
OTHER NEW ACQUISITIONS:
A film by Ryan Redford
Canada - 2010 - 82min
Cast: Garret Dillahunt, Donal Logue, Molly Parker
Feeling lost and disconnected, with no family of his own, veteran Sherman Oliver sets out to the countryside in search of the soldier who saved him back in the war. That man, Franklin Page, has long since moved on - to a wife, two children, and a reliable job in a quiet, rural town. Upon arriving, Sherman seems at first a harmless, if awkward, shell of a man. But as he inserts himself further into the Pages' lives, he reveals himself to be an angry, unstable individual prone to great jealousy and deep resentment. The stability Franklin worked so hard to establish is soon threatened, and the violence he believed he`d left behind in the war begins to re-emerge and cloud over both the household and the town itself.
Best Canadian Feature Award - Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010
Best First Time Director Award - Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival 2010
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada 2010
Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada 2010
Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, Canada 2010
A film by Jean-Marc Barr & Pascal Arnold
France - 2011 - 109min
Cast: Pierre Perrier, Lizzie Brocheré, Jean-Marc Barr
A love starts to build between Chris and Aurore when they meet by chance in a Parisian café. They're 20 years old and their passion is exclusive. This is the kind of beautiful love story that can only be seen in movies.
And then Aurore discovers that Chris kills, men and women, without any real conscience of his acts. Is she going to keep on living out this passion as an accomplice or is she going to denounce the one she loves most in this world?
La Memoire dans la chair (Flesh Memories: The Aftermath of Franco's Regime)
A film by Dominique Maillet
France - 2011 - 107min
Cast: Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Féodor Atkine, Diana Palazon, Julia Molkhou, Serge Riaboukine
After a fifteen-year exile, Thomas comes back home to bury his father, a Republican fitghter thrown in jail by Franco's regime who just died without ever regaining his freedom. The story of Thomas is the story of a man alone, back in a country he barely knows: his country... A country where antic hates and revenges brew endlessly...
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