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

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, allowing the viewer to contemplate the interactions on screen in an entirely different way than in a traditional film.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Dietrich Brüggemann
Screenplay Dietrich Brüggemann, Anna Brüggemann
Cinematography Alexander Sass
Cast Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter, Lucie Aron, Moritz Knapp, Ramin Yazdani, Hanns Zischler, Michael Kamp, Georg Wesch, Chiara Palmeri, Linus Fluhr
Producers Jochen Laube, Leif Alexis, Fabian Maubach
Co-Producers Stefanie Groß, Barbara Häbe, Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner
Production Company UFA Fiction/Ludwigsburg, in co-production with SWR, ARTE, cine plus Filmproduktion
Runtime 107 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2014 (In Competition), Edinburgh 2014, Festroia 2014, Karlovy Vary 2014, Jerusalem 2014, Golden Apricot Yerevan 2014, Melbourne 2014, Cambridge 2014, Busan 2014, Zurich 2014, Vancouver 2014, Athens 2014, Rio de Janeiro 2014, Cork 2014, Stockholm 2014, Tokyo 2014, Philadelphia 2014, Abu Dhabi 2014, Mumbai 2014, SANFIC 2014, Valladolid 2014, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2014, Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014, Molodist Kiev 2014, Black Nights Tallinn 2014, Havana 2014, Cleveland 2015, Dallas 2015, San Francisco 2015, Hong Kong 2015, Beijing 2015, New Horizons Wroclaw 2015
Awards Silver Bear Best Script & Ecumenical Jury Award Berlin 2014, Students' Critic Jury Award Edinburgh 2014, Silver Spike/Youth Jury Award/Cultural Diversity Award Valladolid 2014
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Camino Filmverleih/Stuttgart

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