Best Script &
Ecumenical Jury Prize
"Brilliant... strangely moving"
"Remarkable and formally rigorous"
"A rigorous, stylistically impeccable tale"
"The film showcases Lea Van Acken's remarkable central performance and director Dietrich Brüggemann's adept control of a deliberately rigorous aesthetic"
Structured, like the Via Crucis, with 14 separate sections, each one filmed as a single, uninterrupted shot, Stations of the Cross tracks the spiritual journey of young Maria as she prepares for her First Communion within her strict fundamentalist branch of the Catholic Church. With church clergy constantly stressing the spiritual rewards of personal sacrifice and a mother who views any dissent as an affront to herself and God, Maria finds herself both drawn toward and shying away from the secular world, which ultimately forces her to find her own idiosyncratic interpretation of scripture, one that will have surprising consequences for everyone.
Poised between a satire with a dark sense of humor and an unsettling drama of youthful fanaticism, Stations of the Cross will surely spark much conversation among viewers, as it refuses to give any easy answers to the provocative questions it poses. Filmmaker Dietrich Brüggmann, who also co-wrote with his sister Anna, approaches his film with a formal rigor and intellectual liveliness that recalls the work of Michael Haneke or Lars von Trier.
Directed by Dietrich Brüggmann, Germany, 2014, 107 mins. In German with English subtitles.
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