Good Friday at Pruchnik, in Poland, is the setting for a curious ritual. Although, as elsewhere, all draws ceremoniously to a close with mass, the traditional ritual of the Stations of the Cross was replaced a century ago by a simulated lynching of a blatantly anti-Semitic nature. During the morning ritual, much to the children’s amusement, a straw and hemp Judas, is dragged through the town, beaten, decapitated, burnt and thrown in the river.
Born in 1968 to the family of an architect in Salzburg (Austria). He is a photographer and filmmaker. He studied photography at the Graphische Bundes-Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna and film at the Multimedia Art School Techno-Z in Salzburg. His films won first prizes at festivals like the Chicago International Documentary Festival and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
2009 The Passion According to the Polish Community of Pruchnik / The Passion According to the Polish Community of Pruchnik (doc., short film)
2006 Z punktu widzenia emerytowanego portiera / Views of a Retired Night Porter (doc., short )
1999 Poroerotus (doc., short film)
1998 Clearance (short film)