Ranging from the daunting monologues of an Ezekiel 25:17 to the gleeful whistles of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, it stands to reason that cinema was never too shy to dapple it’s toes in the waters of faith. The christian doctrine having permeated its fair share of influence on the world as we know it, thusly the ripples of its impact can still be felt in the ways we convey our stories.
We’ve selected a few of those ripples, and casted them in the mold of our monthly Moderne Klassiekers program. For the whole of June, every Monday and Friday in Kriterion: Celluloid Shrine: Films on Christianity – films that didn’t dapple so much, as fully doused themselves in the bliss, mercy, anguish and trials of the christian faith.
All screenings are English subtitled.
MONDAY JUNE 7 & FRIDAY JUNE 11
The sumptuous feast of Parisian refugee Babette seduces a pious Danish family, who renounce such carnal pleasures as fine food and wine. Read more
MONDAY JUNE 14 & FRIDAY JUNE 15
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery. Read more
MONDAY 21 JUNE & FRIDAY 25 JUNE
A young Sicilian is swindled twice, but ends up rich; a man poses as a deaf-mute in a convent of curious nuns; a woman must hide her lover when her husband comes home early; a scoundrel fools a priest on his deathbed; three brothers take revenge on their sister’s lover; a young girl sleeps on the roof to meet her boyfriend at night; a group of painters wait for inspiration; a crafty priest attempts to seduce his friend’s wife; and two friends make a pact to find out what happens after death. Read more
TUESDAY JUNE 22 AT 19:30
A short selection about faith. Read more
MONDAY JUNE 28 & FRIDAY JULY 3
The three sons of devout Danish farmer Morten have widely disparate religious beliefs. Youngest son Anders shares his father’s religion, but eldest son Mikkel has lost his faith, while middle child Johannes has become delusional and proclaims that he is Jesus Christ himself. When Mikkel’s wife, Inger goes into a difficult childbirth, everyone’s beliefs are put to the test. Read more