The Mill and the Cross (2011)

2011 The Mill and the Cross Movie Film Cinema Poster ArtSubmerging oneself in Lech Majewski’s The Mill and the Cross is a fascinating and totally original experience.

This drama starring Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling and Michael York brings to life the painting “The Procession to Calvary” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Painted in 1564, Bruegel’s masterpiece depicts Christ carrying the Cross set in a large landscape. Christ’s suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in the 16th century. You can admire the painting here.

Director Majewski takes inspiration from Michael Francis Gibson’s book, “The Mill and the Cross”, a detailed analysis of the painting, published in 1996.

A mesmerising piece of cinema.


You can find more information on this Polish-Swedish co-production on Wikipedia and IMDb. Ignore the IMDb rating – the masses are not to be trusted!

As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:


Title: The Mill and the Cross

Language: English

Direction: Lech Majewski

ScreenplayMichael Francis Gibson, Lech Majewski

Cinematography: Lech Majewski, Adam Sikora

Editing: Eliot Ems, Norbert Rudzik

Score: Lech Majewski, Józef Skrzek

Stars: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling, Joanna Litwin, Dorota Lis


Full Acting Cast and Roles


About Shimky

Hi there! I hope you like some of Wonderful Cinema's recommendations. Please leave us a comment and recommend a film or two for us to watch. Thanks and all the best, Shimky.


  1. This sounds so interesting to me. And how good to see you post again. 🙂

  2. Jo

    Wow! I’ve never seen anything quite like that trailer. You always find films we seem to have missed. Keep them coming x

  3. I totally enjoyed this , thank God, a bit different movie.

  4. Ps: don’t know how u found me, but the timing is perfect. Thanx . I really need your blog, I’m über tired of stupid / movies I already saw.

  5. Thank you. I must see this film. Fascinating to me, to live inside Bruegel’s painting. Brilliant premise.

  6. Hi, I saw this film a couple of months ago. I loved the colors and atmosphere, and the art historian enjoyed the historical detail. But though I am tolerant of the strange, I did find it a bit difficult to ‘hang on’. Maybe I need to see it again 😉 Like your selection overall though!

  7. Reblogged this on power of h Weblog and commented:
    Just plain fascinating.

  8. Very happy to read you’re back in business! Thx!

  9. Thank you so much for following my blog, Shimky 😉
    I am returning the favor and following, I absolutely adore movies, and it seems that you’re really looking at some great examples! Might just inspire my future movie-choices 😀

  10. Think we have the same tastes. That’s comforting! Great blog. Keep it up.

  11. Think you should add Haneke’s Amour

  12. I agree. Loved this film! LIke stepping inside the painting.

  13. Thanks for visiting my blog, Shinky. This movie is on our agenda for tonite. Great blog! I’ll visit often.

  14. Reblogged this on BalconyViewz and commented:
    This is a test. Because it looks interesting. We’ll watch it tonight. I hope those wheel parts aren’t too graphic.’

  15. Oh my…not a typical blockbuster, junk food movie for the masses… I can’t wait to see this!
    Thanks for stopping by my Post.

  16. Anything with “Rutger Hauer” is… well… interesting. 🙂

  17. I had never heard of this movie until I read your blog. I watched in awe. I could listen to Rutger Hauer (Bruegel) telling the story of his painting for hours.

  18. This looks and sounds quite interesting. Probably watch it sometime soon this week! Thanks for the post or I probably would have never heard of it!

  19. OMG this LOOKS incredible…again a another film that has quietly avoided my radar. Will definitely watch even if just for the visuals….

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