Stations of the Cross

by Dietrich Brüggemann

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.

Maria is 14 years old. Her family is part of a fundamentalist Catholic community. Maria lives hereveryday 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 lovers. Left behind is a broken family that finds comfort in faith, and the question if all these events were really so inevitable.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 107 minutes
Original title
directed by
Dietrich Brüggemann
produced by
UFA Fiction Ludwigsburg in co-production with SWR, arte and Cine Plus
  • Lea van Acken (STATIONS OF THE CROSS)
  • Franziska Weisz (THE ROBBER)
  • Hanns Zischler (MUNICH)
  • Lucie Aron

Press Quotes

“A remarkable, formally rigorous descent into hell for a German teenage girl. Newcomer Van Acken is a phenomenal find”

“A rigorous, stylistically impeccable tale”
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