Erbarme dich - Matthäus Passion Stories

Full of stunning, enigmatic images, this poetic film explores the artistic response of musicians, dancers, and the filmmaker to the glorious music of Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion. Director Ramón Gieling includes a wide range of artists, among them homeless people of Amsterdam who are singing part of the Passion as an amateur choir. The film approaches Bach’s work primarily as a piece of art rather than as a Christian statement, but it is clear that there are profoundly personal and spiritual reactions in those who immerse themselves in its intricacies. We join them in the universality of weeping, and transcending weeping with art.

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