It has long been a dream of mine to see a film made in the visual style of a favourite painter. My particular wish has been for a film on the life of St. Francis filmed in the style of Giotto, and I am still waiting. (Also, it has to be made by a film-making genius and a saint, so I will probably be waiting for a while yet.)
In the meantime, a film in the style of Peter Bruegel would be a close second choice, and I can hardly believe that my dream may have come true. The Mill & The Cross, directed by a Polish filmmaker named Lech Majewski, takes us inside Bruegel’s painting The Road to Calvary, retaining the look of his characters and landscapes. I do not know what the film is actually about. It seems too good to be true that it could actually be about Calvary. I notice from the Wikipedia page that one of the central characters is Mary, so that is encouraging. But the trailer doesn’t give many clues to the story.
The visuals in this trailer are breathtaking, especially if you are a lover of Bruegel, but be warned that some of the imagery is unusually gruesome for a trailer. The film was shown at Sundance earlier this year, but I have no idea when, or if, it will get a wide release. Maybe never. In any case, this is terribly, terribly tantalizing.