The Mill & The Cross is a film in which director Lech Majewski restages Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s 1564 painting, “The Way to Calvary.” Majewski, a Polish filmmaker and video artist, brings the viewer inside the painting with immersive period detail and extraordinary digital effects.
The film will be screened in Sarratt Cinema on Wednesday, October 19, at 7:30 pm as part of the International Lens Film Series at Vanderbilt. Robert Mode, professor emeritus of history of art, will lead a discussion of the film following the screening.
The daily life of 16th-century Flanders is rendered with astounding vividness, from the routine of the windmill caretaker to the crusading Spanish militia, who abuse Protestants with brutally violent tactics. Rutger Hauer plays artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, touring inside his own canvas and discussing the origin of his work while his wealthy patron Nicolaes Jonghelinck (Michael York) bemoans the state of his disintegrating country.