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Michael Francis Gibson (screenplay) &
Lech Majewski (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 March 2011 (Poland) See more »
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Behind every great painting lies an even greater story
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Rutger Hauer ... Pieter Bruegel

Michael York ... Nicolaes Jonghelinck

Charlotte Rampling ... Mary
Joanna Litwin ... Marijken Bruegel
Dorota Lis ... Saskia Jonghelinck
Bartosz Capowicz ... Crucified
Mateusz Machnik ... Wheelfied
Marian Makula ... Miller
Sylwia Szczerba ... Netje
Wojciech Mierkulow ... Jan
Ruta Kubas ... Esther
Jan Wartak ... Simon
Sebastian Cichonski ... Peddler
Lucjan Czerny ... Bram
Aneta Kiszczak ... Mayken
Oskar Huliczka ... Horn Player
Adam Kwiatkowski ... Traitor
Pawel Kramarz ... Pedro De Erazu
Tadeusz Kwak ... Rogier De Marke
Andrzej Jastrzab ... Scharmouille
Józef Barczyk ... Thief
Bernadetta Cichon ... Miller's Wife
Krzysztof Lelito ... Millhand
Jerzy Suchecki ... Pitje
Emilia Czartoryska ... Beta
Agata Kokosinska ... Wero
Tatiana Juszniewska ... Magdali
Dariusz Lorek ... Josef
Miroslaw Fuchs ... Smith
Stanislaw Futek ... Waggoner
Grzegorz Kazibudzki ... Archer
Roman Galbas ... Monk
Pawel Lecki ... Monk
Stanislaw Wierzbowski ... Monk
Grezgorz Gamojda ... Monk
Anna Jedrzejewska ... Nun
Aleksandra Horzela ... Nun
Agnieszka Kozakiewicz ... Nun
Katarzyna Sobanska-Strzalkowska ... Heretic (as Katarzyna Sobanska)
Wieslaw Szczesniak ... Heretic
Jan Walkowiak ... Hangman
Stefan Subik ... Hangman
Adam Majkut ... Hangman
Piotr Leskow ... Hangman
Ryszard Borys ... Hangman
Katarzyna Nosalik ... Maid
Karina Slabosz ... Maid
Milena Figura ... Maid
Kinga Rojek ... Maid
Marta Mamon ... Maid
Anna Jedrzyna ... Maid
Krzysztof Drwal ... Maid
Marcin Twardowski ... Maid
Luiza Skrzek ... Maid
Karina Skrzek ... Maid
Paulina Polak ... Child
Agnieszka Kosinska ... Child
Jacek Pietrzak ... Child
Adam Pietrzak ... Child
Leonard Brzoza ... Child
Bartlomiej Borys ... Child
Werner Widera ... Child
Aleksander Widera ... Child
Michal Tyrtania ... Child
Anna Dzioba ... Child
Mateusz Mroczka ... Child
Laura Mroczka ... Child
Katarzyna Ridzik ... Child
Sabina Ridzik ... Child
Dominika Matera ... Child
Piotr Darkowski ... Roode Roxx- Spanish Mounted Militia
Pawel Nieciecki ... Roode Roxx- Spanish Mounted Militia
Katarzyna Suchan ... Roode Roxx- Spanish Mounted Militia
Wojciech Gornicki ... Roode Roxx- Spanish Mounted Militia
Monika Klama ... Roode Roxx- Spanish Mounted Militia
Adam Kujawa ... Roode Roxx- Spanish Mounted Militia
Grzegorz Widera ... Soldier
Filip Habiniak ... Soldier
Jakub Szczech ... Soldier
Rafal Jozik ... Soldier
Rafal Bochenek ... Soldier
Lukasz Cichanski ... Soldier
Michal Latko ... Soldier
Lukasz Jakubowski ... Soldier
Rafal Samusik ... Soldier
Krzysztof Borówka ... Soldier
Sebastian Bartyzel ... Soldier
Andrzej Jonca ... Mounted Official
Krzysztof Suchan ... Mounted Official
Slawomir Solecki ... Mounted Official
Andrzej Czuz ... Mounted Official
Radoslaw Haber ... Mounted Official
Hieronim Borzecki ... Notable
Jerzy Glowacki ... Notable
Marian Cygan ... Notable
Zdzislaw Kazimierczak ... Notable
Aleksander Pawlak ... Notable
Krzyzstof Pander ... Notable
Henryk Sikorski ... Notable
Jerzy Drzymalski ... Notable
Jan Modrzanski ... Notable
Edward Malinowski ... Notable
Seweryn Sobolewski ... Notable
Henryk Wilk ... Notable
Ireneusz Podgórski ... Notable
Iza Banaszkiewicz-Mroczka ... Procession
Piotr Mroczka ... Procession
Gabriela Olczyk ... Procession
Urszula Adamczyk ... Procession
Krystyna Raznia ... Procession
Joanna Kurdziel-Kosowska ... Procesion
Anna Janiszewska ... Procession
Slawomir Gradon ... Procession
Wojciech Zych ... Procession
Rafal Szczepaniak ... Procession
Lukasz Miechowski ... Procession
Jerzy Kostewicz ... Procession
Piotr Sinkowski ... Procession
Miroslaw Toporek ... Procession
Jan Herla ... Procession
Przemyslaw Marciniak ... Procession
Janusz Rzepniewski ... Procession
Maria Cubala ... Procession
Pawel Burek ... Procession
Robert Kowalczyk ... Procession
Bronislaw Chowaniec ... Procession
Filip Janota ... Procession
Anna Twardowska ... Procession
Izabela Rudzik ... Procession
Marian Kijanka ... Procession
Damian Bury ... Procession
Pawel Krzaczkowski ... Procession
Pawel Adamczyk ... Procession
Janusz Grodom ... Procession
Jakub Kubicki
Dawid Zielinski
Lukasz Kichowski
Lukasz Kasperczyk
Sebastian Kawecki
Robert Hyla
Tomasz Luczak
Krzysztof Foksinski
Tomasz Gebel
Wojciech Wilk
Dorota Labanowicz
Piotr Ziegler
Wojciech Kisiel
Marcin Halama
Karolina Jarczynska
Patrycja Kurzaj
Rafal Skrzypek
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Directed by
Lech Majewski 
 
Writing credits
Michael Francis Gibson (screenplay) &
Lech Majewski (screenplay)

Produced by
Marek Baczyk .... associate producer
Krzysztof Bors .... co-producer: Piramida Film
Marek Bystrosz .... co-producer: Pyramida Film
Malgorzata Domin .... line producer
Piotr Ledwig .... line producer
Adam Lukaszek .... associate producer
Lech Majewski .... producer
Zbigniew Malecki .... co-producer: Supra Film
Freddy Olsson .... co-producer: Bokomotiv Filmproduktion AB
Pawel Plonka .... co-producer: 24 Media
Dorota Roszkowska .... co-producer: Arkana Studio
Leszek Rybarczyk .... co-producer: Odeon Film Studio
Angelus Silesius .... executive producer
Tomasz Szulc .... co-producer: Odeon Film Studio
George Lekovic .... consulting producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Lech Majewski 
Józef Skrzek 
 
Cinematography by
Lech Majewski (director of photography)
Adam Sikora (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eliot Ems 
Norbert Rudzik 
 
Production Design by
Marcel Slawinski 
Katarzyna Sobanska-Strzalkowska  (as Katarzyna Sobanska)
 
Art Direction by
Stanislaw Porczyk 
 
Set Decoration by
Iwona Cieciwa 
Pracownia Graffiti 
Izabela Handrysik 
 
Costume Design by
Dorota Roqueplo 
 
Makeup Department
Dariusz Krysiak .... makeup designer
Hanna Lesna .... makeup artist
Monika Mirowska .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Piotr Nowacki .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Krzysztof Borówka .... second assistant director
Dorota Lis .... first assistant director
Krzysztof Lukaszewicz .... first assistant director
Rafal Samusik .... second assistant director
Agata Szymanska .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Janusz Alberti .... swing gang: set dressing
Rafal Gola .... carpenter
Janina Gugala .... set dresser: swing gang
Tadeusz Gugala .... set dresser: swing gang
Bartlomiej Kita .... carpenter
Wladyslaw Kita .... construction coordinator
Jerzy Kostewicz .... lead person
Joanna Macha .... additional production designer
Lech Majewski .... landscape design
Jerzy Mikolas .... set dresser: swing gang
Jerzy Ozga .... storyboard artist
Wojciech Ponczek .... property master
Piotr Sinkowski .... set dresser: swing gang
Krzysztof Swiderski .... property master
Lech Traut .... property master
Janusz Warchol .... prop maker
Jerzy Ozga .... draftsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bartlomiej Bogacki .... boom operator
Marian Bogacki .... sound recordist
Aleksander Dowsilas .... adr recordist
Piotr Knop .... sound mixer: Dolby Digital, Toya Studios
Lech Majewski .... sound designer
Romana Malecka .... foley artist
Zbigniew Malecki .... sound designer
Zbigniew Malecki .... sound mixer: Dolby Digital
Zbigniew Malecki .... sound re-recording mixer
Zbigniew Malecki .... supervising sound editor
I.J. May .... foley artist
Pavel Stverák .... dolby sound consultant
Jan Walencik .... additional sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Norbert Rudzik .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Dawid Borkiewicz .... lead compositor: Odeon Film Studio
Lukasz Glowacz .... flame artist: Odeon Film Studio
Piotr Kierzkowski .... additional visual effects: Rosenbot
Artur Kopp .... additional visual effects: Rosenbot
Pawel Krawczyk .... 3d modeller: Odeon Film Studio
Wojciech Lebkowski .... additional visual effects: Rosenbot
Kamil Lenard .... image technician engineer: Odeon Film Studio
Barbara Lepacka .... digital paint artist: AWR Edytor Katowice
Waldemar Mordarski .... lead compositor: Odeon Film Studio
Norbert Rudzik .... compositing artist: Kataraman
Mariusz Skrzypczynski .... 3d animator: Odeon Film Studio
Pawel Tybora .... visual effects supervisor
Mikolaj Valencia .... additional visual effects supervisor: Odeon Film Studio
 
Stunts
Tomasz Gronowski .... stunts
Mateusz Machnik .... stunts
Andrzej Mrozinski .... stunts
Wojciech Orlik .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Chrisstoffels .... cloud formation photography: New Zealand (as John Crisstoffels)
Robert Drabek .... best boy electric
Pawel Fiwek .... additional camera crew
Pawel Fiwek .... dolly grip
Marek Flisowski .... additional camera crew
Krzysztof Kempka .... additional camera crew
Tomasz Knapik .... dolly grip
Katarzyna Koniarz .... still photographer
Konrad Kosinski .... lamp operator
Pawel Krawczyk .... still photographer
Dariusz Krysiak .... still photographer
Maciej Krzan .... video operator
Filip Kwiatkowski .... rigging gaffer
Maciej Maciejewski .... lamp operator
Piotr Muschalik .... still photographer
Mateusz Orszulski .... still photographer
Agnieszka Ozdoba .... additional camera crew
Rafal Piotrowski .... additional camera crew
Pawel Plonka .... camera operator: "b" camera
Piotr Rajman .... second assistant camera
Norbert Rudzik .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michal Rudzki .... additional camera crew
Pawel Satala .... dolly grip
Bartlomiej Sejwa .... still photographer
Pawel Sturlis .... gaffer
Krzysztof Szubartowski .... first assistant camera
Pawel Tybora .... camera operator: "b" camera
Pawel Wittecki .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tomasz Wozniczka .... camera operator
Piotr Zalewski .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Krzysztof Borówka .... extras casting
Dorota Lis .... extras casting
Rafal Samusik .... extras casting
Beata Wisniewska .... extras casting: ABM Studio
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheila Barquilla .... costume provider
Emilia Czartoryska .... assistant to costume designer
Pola Gomólka .... key costumer
Ewa Kochanska .... costume supervisor
Jonathan Lipman .... costume provider
Ewa Majewska .... seamstress
Agnieszka Miluniec .... key costumer
Wanda Skiba .... seamstress
Jodie Spiers .... costume provider
Beata Swiecicka .... key costumer
Bozena Tomaszewska .... seamstress
Theresa Ward .... costume provider
Marzena Wojciechowska .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ewa Chudzik .... color timer
Jacek Cieslinski .... digital intermediate conform editor
Jaroslaw Migala .... digital intermediate conform editor
Malgorzata Roguska .... laboratory head of production
 
Music Department
Maciej Dowsilas .... music recordist: Polskie Radio Katowice
Józef Skrzek .... musician
Martin Walach .... musician
Zbigniew Walach .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Dariusz Jojko .... transportation captain
Maciej Klaja .... provider: campers
Artur Olszewski .... transportation captain
Andrzej Osek .... provider: limousines, AWOS SP Z.O.O.
Bogdan Skworc .... chief driver
Jerzy Tura .... chief driver
 
Other crew
Barbara Bialowas .... making of
Helena Biba .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Magdalena Blocian .... office production assistant
Lucia Bozikova .... animal coordinator: crows
Katarzyna Brewinska .... script supervisor
Damian Bury .... stand-in: Mr. Hauer
Dagmara Drzazga .... making of
Anna Foks .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Elzbieta Gandor .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Józef Gara .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Anna Gibula .... assistant: Mr. York
Pola Gomólka .... assistant: Ms. Rampling
Aneta Grabos .... animal coordinator: dogs
Marian Kijanka .... stand-in: Mr. York
Katarzyna Koniarz .... script supervisor
Gabriel Król .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Tymoteusz Król .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Anna Kuczmierczyk .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Stefania Kuczmierczyk .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Justyna Majerska .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Przemyslaw Marciniak .... production assistant
Hiero Javier Mellado .... voice actor: Spanish Militia
Pavel Michal .... animal coordinator: crows
Franciszek Mosler .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Elizbieta Mynarska .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Marek Mysliwiec .... caterer: Resturacja Lania
Nanoq Nakokrii .... language consultant
Agnieszka Odorowicz .... co-financier: Polish Film Institute
Urszula Palusinska .... title designer
Samuel Rodriguez .... language consultant
Samuel Rodriguez .... voice actor: Spanish Militia
Stanislaw Rozner .... voice actor: Flemish, Wilamowice Crew
Monika Sieradzka .... assistant: Mr. Hauer
Przemyslaw Siwiec .... location manager
Michal Skrzeczek .... location manager
Natalia Stejskalová .... animal coordinator: crows
Beata Swiecicka .... stand-in: Ms. Rampling
Ewa Szoltysek .... accountant
Ewa Szoltysek .... production controller
Konstanty Szwender .... insurance: Opus Film
Alesandro Tiago .... voice actor: Spanish Militia
Anna Twrdowska .... stand-in: Ms. Rampling
 
Thanks
Sabine Haag .... special thanks (as Dr. Sabine Haag)
Ilse Jung .... special thanks
Florian Kugler .... special thanks
 

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Painting Come to Life, 19 January 2012
Author: thomasjwilliams from Kansas City, MO, USA

The Mill and the Cross is a painting (so not a lot of plot!) come to life and it is unlike any movie I have ever seen before (and I have seen a few)! Directed by Polish filmmaker, Lech Majewski, it is a recreation and interpretation of the famous 1564 painting by Pieter Bruegel, "The Way to Calvary".

Glacially-paced and nearly-silent (at first) ... one film critic (Stephen Cole of "Globe and Mail") said that this film's detractors will likely lament that watching this "is like watching a painting dry" (a point I can understand some having). If it doesn't grab one's interest early-on -- the film's opening is the painting coming to life and than slowly drying back onto the canvas -- there is no point in watching it.

Another film about the inspiration of a painting (that I loved) -- The Girl with the Pearl Earring -- told a possible story of how a Vermeer masterpiece came into being AND each scene was as lovely as a painted picture. Here each scene looks like a painting as well; but this story isn't necessarily one about a "what-if" (although as a film it technically is). Instead, The Mill and the Cross pretends to show us THIS painting (not the inspiration behind it) as it is being painted.

The painting is of the re-imagined crucifixion of Christ in 16th Century Flanders while the region is under BRUTAL Spanish occupation. As Bruegel (Rutger Hauer - Batman Begins, Hobo with a Shotgun, Blade Runner) draws and explains his painting, the scene comes to life so that the audience sees what Bruegel "sees". The premise and style are highly unusual but I appreciated the delicate take (layer-upon-layer of computer imaging) of telling this story.

The Mill and the Cross isn't content with looking at a piece of art -- this film is about experiencing it which is rather marvelous as the Flanders countryside comes to life (and it is as if the audience has stumbled upon the same setting/scene as Bruegel). We get bits and pieces of story but no major plot other than the painting and its scenes/images coming to life.

This wasn't a favorite of mine by any means; but I do like the originality of it and anybody with a serious interest in art might want to check it out.

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