Jesus of Montreal (Previously screened on 13th October 2017)Screening at Leigh Parish Church
"A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself."
Released 19th January 1990, Drama
Running time 1 hour 58 minutes, IMDB rating 7.5
Director Denys Arcand, Writer Denys Arcand
This film won the Prix du Jury at Cannes in 1989 and was Oscar nominated in 1990.
It is a French Canadian comedy drama which tells the story of a group of actors in Montreal who perform a Passion play in a Quebec church, combining religious belief with unconventional theories on a historical Jesus.
As the church turns against the main actor and author of the play, his life increasingly mirrors the story of Jesus, and the film adapts numerous stories from the New Testament.