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The Mill and the Cross

The Mill and the Cross
File:The Mill and the Cross.jpg
Directed by Lech Majewski
Produced by George Lekovic
Lech Majewski
Freddy Olsson
Dorota Roszkowska
Written by Michael Francis Gibson
Lech Majewski
Starring Rutger Hauer
Michael York
Charlotte Rampling
Music by Lech Majewski
Józef Skrzek
Cinematography Lech Majewski
Adam Sikora
Editing by Eliot Ems
Norbert Rudzik
Studio Angelus Silesius
Telewizja Polska
Arkana Studio
Bokomotiv Filmproduktion
Release date(s)
Running time 96 minutes
Country Poland
Language English and Spanish
Budget €1.1 million[1]

The Mill and the Cross is a 2011 drama film directed by Lech Majewski and starring Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling and Michael York. It is inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 1564 painting The Procession to Calvary, and based on Michael Francis Gibson's book The Mill and the Cross. The film was a Polish-Swedish co-production. Filming on the project wrapped in August 2009.[1] It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 23, 2011.[2]


The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.[3]



Joe Bendel: "... one of the standouts at this year’s Sundance". [4] Variety's Dennis Harvey wrote: "While hardly an exercise in strict realism a la The Girl With the Pearl Earring, the pic details rustic Flanders life with loving care, from costuming to simple machinery. Pic's narrative content ... is hardly straightforward or propulsive. ... the film is never dull, and frequently entrancing." Harvey thought that if marketed cleverly, the film "could prove the Polish helmer's belated international breakthrough".[5] Neil Young of The Hollywood Reporter complimented the technical achievements, but called the film "ambitious but frustratingly flat". He described the English dialogue as "mostly clunky" and thought the film "has too much of a stodgy Euro-pudding feel".[6] On the other hand, in his review for the San Francisco International Film Festival, executive director Graham Leggat wrote: "...the narrative is not the point—the extraordinary imagery is. The painting literally comes to life in this spellbinding film, its wondrous scenes entering the viewer like a dream enters a sleeping body."[7]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Trailer
  • Video interview of Lech Majewski by Gherardo Vitali Rosati
  • - review
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