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The Passion According to the Polish Community of Pruchnik

Andreas Horvath
Pasja według polskiej społeczności miasteczka Pruchnik
Austria 2009 / 30’

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.

Andreas Horvath

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.

Filmography

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)

Cast & Crew

director Andreas Horvath
screenplay Andreas Horvath, Monika Muskała
cinematography Andreas Horvath, Monika Muskała
producer Andreas Horvath
production Andreas Horvath
source of print Andreas Horvath
language Polish
colouration colour