The Louvre Museum is hosting a special presentation of Lech Majewski's painterly film during the fourth edition of the Journées Internationales du Film sur l'Art - Films on Art series. The presentation marks the film's premiere in France...
Charlotte Rampling in "The Mill and the Cross", directed by Lech Majewski. Photo source: press materials
The Louvre Museum is hosting a special presentation of Lech Majewski's The Mill and the Cross during the fourth edition of the Journées Internationales du Film sur l'Art - Films on Art series
The presentation marks the film's premiere in France. Director Lech Majewski will be in attendance at the event, along with actress Charlotte Rampling, who plays the part of Mary in the film inspired by Pieter Bruegel's painting The Procession to Calvary (1564). Also starring Rutger Hauer as Peter Bruegel and Michael York as the banker Jonghelinck, a collector of Bruegel's works, the film recreates the panoramic landscape of the time of Christ, crowded with hundreds of villagers and red-caped horsemen. Through the depiction of 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. Using innovative CGI technology, the filmmaker takes the viewer inside the aesthetic universe of the painting as one watches it being created and the lives of the characters - both in the painting and later involved with the painting - evolve. The creative process took three years, requiring a great deal of imagination. The film was featured at the recent Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals.
This year's edition of Journées Internationales du Film sur l'Art runs from January 26 through February 5. The screening of Majewski's film is co-hosted by the Louvre Museum, the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art, and the Polish Institute in Paris.
Other films in the series include Bruno Wollheim's David Hockney : a Bigger Picture , Jean-Loïc Portron's La fureur Picasso and Claudia Mülle's About Jenny Holzer, along with a 20 other films on the history, technique, styles, lives and works of some of the world's most intriguing artistic persolaties, with a focus on the multicultural world of today. The films presented span the globe - from the Americas, Europe through the Middle East and Asia.
The screening of The Mill and the Cross takes place at 20:00 on February 2, 2011.
For more information, see: www.louvre.fr