a film by Andreas Horvath and Monika Muskala
(2010 / 30 min)
In the small town of Pruchnik in the southeastern part of Poland villagers gather every year on Good Friday to “punish” Judas for his betrayal of Jesus. A larger-than-life straw puppet with a hooked nose is dragged through town, beaten, decapitated, burnt and thrown in the river. The film explores the thin line between pagan and Christian rites while exposing the sometimes brutal and blatantly anti-semitic undercurrents of Christian practice.
A delightfully odd tradition, courtesy of the village of Pruchnik and the ambivalent lens of Andreas Horvath.
truly bizarre vérité documentary
the tone … is alternately playful and serious …