About the Filmmaker - Lech Majewski
Lech Majewski is a world-renowned director, writer, cinematographer, poet, composer, and stage director. Born in Poland, Majewski graduated from the Łódź Film School in 1977. The numerous feature films in his repertoire have garnered critical acclaim across the globe, and in 2006 The Museum of Modern Art in New York honored Majewski with a comprehensive retrospective of his work, entitled "Lech Majewski: Conjuring the Moving Image"
The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott wrote: "Majewski is a brilliant filmmaker whose haunting aesthetic is processed through a lively mind and idiosyncratic imagination, chastened and tempered by history, and captured on screen with the rigor and perfectionism of an artist who might also carve castles out of toothpicks. Throughout his films, the great categories of our existence - the public and private, the personal and political, the natural world and the man-made one - constantly dissolve into one another."
“The Mill & The Cross” is the result of a three year endeavour and a fantastic cinematic feat, combining layer after layer of live actors, scenic footage, and two-dimensional paintings, each perspective rich with symbolism and meaning. Majewski has also since developed an art exhibition entitled “Bruegel Suite,” born from this intricate process and composed of video art pieces surrounding the film. These were installed in the Louvre in February of 2011 and joined the 54th Venice Biennale in June.
Lech Majewski Filmography
THE MILL & THE CROSS (Angelus Silesius, 2010)
GLASS LIPS (Angelus Silesius, 2007)
THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
(Mestiere Cinema - Metaphysics Ltd, 2004)
ANGELUS (Filmcontract, 2000) writer/director/set designer/composer/editor
WOJACZEK (Filmcontract, 1999) writer/director/editor
BASQUIAT (Miramax, 1996) writer/producer
GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HARRY (Propaganda Films, 1992)
PRISONER OF RIO (Columbia TriStar, 1988)
FLIGHT OF THE SPRUCE GOOSE (SGF - USA, 1986)
About the Co-Screenwriter - Michael Francis Gibson
A writer, art historian, art critic and scholar, Michael Francis Gibson maintained a regular column on art in the International Herald Tribune for over thirty years. His articles have also been published in the New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews, Connaissance des Arts and other publications, and he has devoted numerous radio programs (Radio-Canada, France-Culture) to artistic, cultural and philosophical issues. Gibson has devoted monographs to Pieter Bruegel, Symbolist art, Dada, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin and Odilon Redon, and published an in-
depth study of Breugel's painting “The Way to Calvary” entitled “The Mill and the Cross,” which provided the inspiration for Lech Majewski's film. Gibson has also published a study in the field of cultural anthropology (in French, Ces lois inconnues) and the first two volumes of a fantasy trilogy (in English, Chronicles of the Greater Dream) published under the pseudonym of Miguel Errazu. Gibson co-authored the script of THE MILL & THE CROSS with Lech Majewski.