The German director Dietrich Brüggemann resumes in his latest film Kreuzweg the long take shooting method he previously used in Szenen Neun (2006), which won the New Berlin Film Award and the Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2007, to now offer a very disturbing story. Mary, a 14 year old teenager from an ultra-Catholic family finds her convictions strengthened while preparing for confirmation. The tragedy comes when she decides to emulate her God and carries out the 14 Stations of the Cross, commemorating the events of the Passion of Christ. Whether her sacrifice is in vain is the question posed by the filmmaker and should be judged by the viewer.
A claustrophobic and suffocating film, creating the feeling of catharsis in both the audience and the protagonist through the experimental method of filming, and a mise-en-scene reminiscent of the theater. The interest in the story is achieved through the script –co-written by Dietrich Brüggemann and his sister Anna, and awarded the Silver Bear at the last Berlinale– with the help of a great cast led by the young Lea van Acken playing the role of Mary, the Austrian television actress Franziska Weisz as her mother and the German actor Florian Stetter (Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage) as the parish priest.
A stunning film which should be noted for the work of its leading actor (Silver Bear nominee for Best Performance) and its exquisite and impeccable photography (Alexander Sass).
Release date in Spain: December 12th