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Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Original Title: Kreuzweg
Director: Dietrich Brüggemann
Germany, France | German
2014 | 107min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
Theme: A
15+
Dietrich Brüggemann confronts extreme fundamentalist faith and religion in this tragic tale of suppressed teenage desires and a wasted life. The story is seen through the eyes of 14-year-old Maria, whose delicate appearance hides a steely resolve to follow Christ’s path of the 14 Stations of the Cross. The film is divided into 14 chapters named after the stations. The script by Brüggemann and his sister Anna won a Silver Bear for Best Script at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. As Maria prepares for her Confirmation, she faces almost impossible expectations placed on her by her mother and the priest. In a pre-Confirmation talk, the priest of their fundamentalist Catholic sect tells her about the evils of temptation and how important it is to be Christ’s warrior. As a result, the impressionable Maria resolves to become a saint. But before long temptation comes along in the form of a cute boy, Christian, whose attentiveness awakens romantic feelings in Maria. He invites her to join his choir group, but the group also sings soul and gospel, music that Maria has been warned could have evil influences. As Maria denies herself these pleasures of life, and her own human nature, she puts herself on a path of self-destruction, and we are confronted with the dark side of fundamentalism and how it can suffocate us. —Gautaman Bhaskaran

Director,  Dietrich Brüggemann

Director,  Dietrich Brüggemann

Dietrich Brüggemann, born in 1976 in Munich, studied directing in Potsdam before making several shorts. His first feature, Nine Scenes, became an audience favourite in the 2006 Berlin Film Festival. Stations of the Cross won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival this year. Brüggemann also creates music videos.

Cast and Crew

Director
Dietrich Brüggemann
Cast
Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter, Hanns Zischler, Lucie Aron, Moritz Knapp
Production Company
UFA Fiction
Sales Contact
Beta Cinema
Music
Giles Swayne
Producer
Jochen Laube
Screenwriter
Dietrich Brüggemann, Anna Brüggmann
Editor
Vincent Assmann
Cinematographer
Alexander Sass
Sound
Martin Fruhmorgen
Production Designer
Klaus-Peter Platten
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