Global CINEMAspectives Film & Discussion Series
The Mill and the Cross
The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564. Directed by Lech Majewski, "The Mill and the Cross" is inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 1564 painting "The Procession to Calvary". The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. It consists of a series of vignettes depicting everyday peasant life in Flanders, interspersed with monologues from some of the principal characters, including Bruegel explaining the structure and symbolism of his painting.