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The Mill & the Cross (Lech Majewski, 2011)

Putting the art back into art-cinema

On 22nd April, Splendid Cinema is putting the ‘art’ back into ‘art-cinema’! Splendid Cinema, in cooperation with Polish filmmaker Lech Majewski, ahead of any UK distribution, is very excited to be presenting The Mill & the Cross (2011).

The Mill & the Cross is not a straightforward narrative film; although at one level, the film depicts 16th Century Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder (played magnificently by Rutger Hauer), painting his 1564 masterpiece “The Procession to Calvary”.

What makes “Procession to Calvary” such a remarkable piece of 16th century Flemish art is how Bruegel populates his crowded scene with images taken from contemporary life. While central to the painting is obviously Christ carrying his cross, the images in the painting are from 16th century Belgium, not 33 AD Judea.

In order to convey how Bruegel uses contemporary Flemish society to witness Christ’s crucifixion, The Mill & the Cross presents us with

snippets of early modern Flemish folk-life as the artist himself would have seen it. Majewski then demonstrates, through Hauer’s performance, how each little piece of observed country-living fit into the larger painting Bruegel envisioned.

Much like putting together a complicated jigsaw puzzle, The Mill & the Cross doesn’t tell a story as much as presents insight into how such a remarkable piece of art was constructed. Majewski has created a fascinating ‘art-film’ about the artistic process.

In addition to Hauer, The Mill & the Cross also features Michael  York as Bruegel’s patron Nicholaes Jongelinck and Charlotte Rampling as a peasant woman Bruegel uses as his model for the Virgin Mary.

This is a very different kind of film most of us will have expearienced, but a remarkable cinematic achievement nonetheless.

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Tickets are £5 on the door. Box office opens at 7:00, and the film starts at 7:30. Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat. For more information on any our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, follow our blog (https://splendidcinema.wordpress.com/) or look us on Facebook.


 The Mill & the Cross (Poland & Sweden, 2011, Lech Majewski) 92 min. TBC.

22 April, 2012 @ 19:30

Tickets £5 on the door

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH


Pieter Bruegel's The Way to Calvary


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Films in March

In March, Splendid Cinema has two great film offerings for you!

Remember those Orange ads last year where the Orange team re-subtitled a some French farce with Depardieu & Deneuve? Well, on 11 March, Splendid Cinema is pleased as punch to be screening that film, Potiche, directed by the great François Ozon!

11 March, 2012: Potiche (François Ozon, 2010, France) 15 cert.
Marvellous French farce starring the radiant Catherine Deneuve as the ‘trophy wife’ who takes over the umbrella factory her family started when her husband is taken ill. Putting down a strike at the factory with common sense and decency, Deneuve starts to rekindle her old flame with the Assistant Mayor, played to comic perfection by Gérard Depardieu. In French with English subtitles.

Here’s the trailer…

We follow Ozon’s delightfully frothy Marxist farce with the remarkable directorial début of actor/writer (and Stoke’s own!) Paddy Considine in the gritty, powerful and utterly brilliant, Tyrannosaur.

25 March, 2012: Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine, 2011, UK) 18 cert.
Staffordshire-born Paddy Considine’s feature film debut is a powerful and violent tale of revenge and redemption that many are hailing as the best British film of 2011. Much like the films of Shane Meadows, whom Considine worked with on Dead Man’s Shoes, Tyrannosaur is part of the New Midlands Brutality film movement. This is a film not to be missed.

And here is the trailer …

… and coming up:

Rutger Hauer paints up a storm playing Pieter Breugel the Elder in The Mill & the Cross, and then we go all Nordic Noir with the Swedish blockbuster, Snabba Cash. Details to follow!

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