Based on the commissioned composition The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (1787) by Joseph Haydn, seven Canadian filmmakers provide their own very personal view of the themes in Haydn’s piece: forgiveness, redemption, abandonment and reunion.
Using a Haydn oratorio based on Jesus’s final words as a structuring device, this dialogue-free, multidisciplinary essay film defies categorisation. From a prologue that sees an elderly nun throw herself from a plane and swan-dive towards the earth below, one extraordinary image follows another.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Walter Salles, 2004, Argentina
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States