Erbarme Dich, Matthäus Passion Stories

A hallucinatory trip through the monument of Bach's music and the characters' gripping stories


In a labyrinthine journey through the setting of an abandoned church with a group of homeless people as the audience, a number of characters, including opera director Peter Sellars, writer Anna Enquist and dancer Emio Greco, surrounded by the soloists of Bach Choir & Orchestra of the Netherlands, report on their special relationship with Bach's music.


Peter Sellars
Simon Halsey
Emio Greco
Pieter Jan Leusink
Olga Zinovieva
Sytse Buwalda
Noortje Sluyter
Rinke Nijburg
Bach Choir & Orchestra of the Netherlands
en daklozenkoor ‘De Straatklinkers’


Director & script • Ramón Gieling
DoP • Goert Giltay NSC
Sound • Wouter Veldhuis
Editor • Barbara Hin
Sound design • Marc Lizier
Research & directory assistance • Gabriella Adèr
Idem • Vincent de Pater
Executive producer • Sylvia Baan
Producer • Janneke Doolaard
Co producer KRO-NCRV • Jelle Peter de Ruijter, Yolande van der Blij
Idem • Cultuurfonds, Fonds 21, Mediafonds, Nederlands Filmfonds, CoBO
Distributor • ABC Cinemien
Sales idem • Doc & Film


IFFR Live 2015
Göteborg International Film Festival 2015
Vision du Reel 2015
Jeonju International Film Festival 2015
Krakow Film Festival Poland 2015
Transatlantyk Film Festival 2015
Milano Film festival 2015
Vancouver International Film Festival 2015
Doclisboa 2015
Dok Leipzig 2015


Kristallen Film 2015


"Dat was een goed idee" (Groene Amsterdammer)