Stations of the Cross

Director: Dietrich Brüggemann

Germany, France, 2014, drama, 107 min., german and french with lithuanian subtitles, N-13

„Stations of the Cross“ is an indictment and, at the same time, the legend of a saint. It's a story of religion, devotion and radical faith, and the film itself comes along just as radical as the subject matter, telling the story in only 14 fixed-angle long shots, allowing the viewer to contemplate the interactions on screen in an entirely different way than in a traditional film. 

Maria is 14 years old. Her family is part of a fundamentalist Catholic community. Maria lives her everyday life in the modern world, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to follow him, to become a saint and go to heaven – just like all those holy children she's always been told about. So Maria goes through 14 stations, just like Jesus did on his path to Golgatha, and reaches her goal in the end. Not even Christian, a boy she meets at school, can stop her, even if in another world, they might have become friends, or even more. Left behind is a broken family that finds comfort in faith, and the question if all these events were really so inevitable.


2014 – Silver Bear Award for best script at the Berlin International Film Festival.

About the director: 

Dietrich Brüggemann was born in 1976 and studied at the Konrad Wolf University of Film and Television in Potsdam. His films include: the shorts „Heavy Rotation“  (2001), „Mehr Licht“ (2003), „Warum Läuft Herr V. Amok“ (2003), „Katja Kann Fast Alles“ (2004), numerous music videos, and the features „Nine Takes“ (2006), „Renn Wenn Du Kannst“ (2010),  „Move“ (2011).

Section: Retrospektyva

Screenplay: Dietrich Brüggemann, Anna Brüggemann

Dir. of Photography: Alexander Sass

Cast: Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter, Lucie Aron, Moritz Knapp, Ramin Yazdani, Hanns Zischler, Michael Kamp, Georg Wesch, Chiara Palmeri, Linus Fluhr