HALLOWED BONES

a film by Dominik Wessely

HALLOWED BONES

Germany | 2008 | 73:00 min

Original Title:
GEHEILIGTES GEBEIN

Formal Categories

History Society Religion

Content Categories

Documentary
73min or 57min German version with English subtitles available
Synopsis
When the frail and staunchly catholic aunt Hedwig asks her nephew to accompany her to a decidedly mystical Catholic service, it turns out to be his initiation into a fantastical world of martyr worship. He meets relic collectors who are trying to preserve the dwindling world of Salvation in living rooms full
of bones, and, whilst gathering information pertaining to relics he intends to purchase for his aunt on the internet, he stumbles upon one of the greatest forgeries of the Middle Ages. It is the legend of Saint Ursula and the eleven thousand accompanying maids who were slain, together with their
mistress, in Cologne. Aunt Hedwig's nephew is not only confronted with the enchanting blossoms of popular piety, but also with a way of life that suddenly seems far less aberrant than initially expected.
This is a jovial film about the gravity of life before death.
Cast and Crew
  • Director Dominik Wessely
  • Screenwriter Hellmut Telge, Thomas Tielsch
  • Director of Photography Knut Schmitz
  • Editor Annette Muff
Original Languages

German

Production Company
FILMTANK GmbH
Lippmannstr. 53, 22769 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 4318610

Fax: +49 40 43186111

filmtank@filmtank.de
http://www.filmtank.de
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