Based on: "Wierszalin. An account on the end of the world" by Włodzimierz Pawluczuk
Director: Piotr Tomaszuk
Designer: Ewelina Pietrowiak
Composer: Piotr Nazaruk
Cast: Monika Kwiatkowska, Magdalena Dąbrowska, Dariusz Matys, Mateusz Stasiulewicz, Katarzyna Wolak, Rafał Gąsowski
In his famous book published in 1974 Włodzimierz Pawluczuk - a sociologist, an anthropologist and a scholar of religion - described the phenomenon of Wierszalin. In the thirties of the last century in this little village, lost somewhere in Białostocczyzna, the Ortodox sect under prophet Ilijah command (an illiterate peasant, who claimed to be the new prophet Elijah) wanted to build the New Jerusalem. Piotr Tomaszuk takes from Pawluczuk's book mainly bare facts. He combines the witnesses' and even participants' descriptions and relations into one fascinating parade. In this procession take part six extraordinary actors portraying simple peasants from the Polish-Belarus borderland.
"Wierszalin. An account on the end of the world" is the spectacle in which we can find all of the characteristics of Tomaszuk's plays: parts of a text recited as a religious litany, chanted or even screamed and finally marvelous crowd scenes.
We are the witnesses to the total destruction of the prophet Ilijah's world. The very last scene of the play, showing shooting of the Ilijah believers is at the same time an exorcism of the world which lost his way in a constant pursuit of sanctity of life.
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