Archive Cinema City 2008.

La voie lactée

The Milky Way

Genre: Comedy / Drama
Country: France / West Germany / Italy
Year: 1969.
Duration: 98 min

Director: Luis Buñuel
Scenario: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière

Cast: Laurent Terzieff, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Edith Scob, Michel Piccoli

Programme selection: Peđa's Film Collection

Saints by the roadside, the Devil offering advice, the Marquis de Sade, nuns with crucifixion fetishes and the Virgin sitting in a tree. These are just some of the characters Pierre and Jean encounter on their pilgrimage to the tomb of the Apostle James in Santiago. But when they arrive at the Tomb they discover it's empty. In this blatant attack on Catholicism and religion in general, Buñuel manages to skewer all the major elements of the faith. At the same time he examines religion as a man-made concept - one that's responsible for wars, oppression and persecution.

Interfilm Award, 1969 Berlin International Film Festival

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