Erbarme Dich – Matthäus Passion Stories (2015)

Kristallen Film

Dutch Film

Festival 2015

Official Selection

IFFR Live

2015

Official Selection

Göteborg International

Film Festival 2015

Official Selection

Vision du Reel

2015

Official Selection

Jeonju International

Film Festival 2015

Director
Ramón Gieling
Co-producer
KRO-NCRV
Financial partners
Nederlands Film Fonds
Mediafonds
CoBO
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Fonds21
Distributor
Cinemien
Sales agent
Doc&Film
Cinematography
Goert Giltay
Sound
Wouter Veldhuis
Editor
Barbara Hin
Sound design
Marc Lizier
Research & Director’s assistant
Gabriella Adèr
Line Producer
Sylvia Baan
Producer
Janneke Doolaard
Première
25 jan 2015, IFFR
Broadcast
24 maart 2016, NPO2
Length
99 min.

Synopsis

Music is a world in itself

A language beyond understanding

A labyrinthine journey against the backdrop of an abandoned church, during which such people as opera director Peter Sellars, writer Anna Enquist, and dancer Emio Greco relate their special relationship with the music of Bach, surrounded by both the soloists of conductor Pieter Jan Leusink’s Bach Choir & Orchestra of the Netherlands and a group of homeless people which serves as their audience.

Others tell us about their relationship with this piece as well. Among them opera director Peter Sellars, chorus director Simon Halsey, writer Anna Enquist, choreographer and dancer Emio Greco, and members of the homeless choir De Straatklinkers. We visit them in their house, at work, or other places, and also meet them in the dilapidated church.

‘The film is a hallucinatory trip through the monument that is Bach’s music and the character’s poignant stories.’

‘The St Matthew Passion makes people experience something they couldn’t bear to hear if it were said in plain language.’

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