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The Mill and the Cross to screen at Sundance

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The Mill and the Cross to screen at Sundance

Polish/Swedish co-production The Mill and the Cross [+see also:
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by Lech Majewski (Angelus, Wojaczek) will have its world premiere at US festival Sundance (January 20-30, 2011). It stars Rutger Hauer, Michel York and Charlotte Rampling.

With The Mill and the Cross (see news), Majewski returns to his passion for the visual arts. The Polish director is also a video artist whose work was presented in a retrospective at New York’s MoMA in 2006. This time, he turned his attention to old paintings, looking in particular at Pieter Bruegel’s The Procession to Calvary (1564).

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Co-scripted by Majewski and Michael Gibson, the film focuses on the stories of 12 of the 500 characters represented in the painting. It was lensed by DoP Adam Sikora and the images combine traditional techniques and new technology.

Produced by Angelus Silesius, The Mill and the Cross received co-production support from TVP, Silesia-Film, Supra Film, Arkana Studio, Odeon Film Studio, 24 Media, Piramida Film, Bokomotiv and Mastershot Studio, as well as backing from the Polish Film Institute (PFI). It is scheduled for release in Polish theatres in March 2011.

There will also be a Polish short in the Sundance line-up: Jakub Stożek’s Out of Reach. This debut title topped the short film competition at the latest Krakow festival and was also crowned at the Docsdf Documentary Film Festival in Mexico.

It tells the story of two teenage sisters, Klaudia and Karolina, who were abandoned by their mother and try to get back in touch with her years later. Produced by Darklight Film Studio, Out of Reach was also co-financed by the PFI.

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(Translated from French)

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