Loosely based on Dante's Commedia, the non-linear narration unfolds in five chapters that also show the influence of Hieronymus Bosch. The simultaneous existence of heaven, purgatory and hell, parallels between various scenes, and the use of film and stage effects all create the complexity that is necessary to do justice to Dante’s greatest creation.


Opera & concert film directed by Hal Hartley.

I first edited five screens of video material and arranged a complicated playback system to synchronize projection during live performances of Louis Andriessen's opera La Commedia in Amsterdam. We filmed the performances and later edited a full-length concert film combining the stage show with the video material.

Director: Hal Hartley

Writer: Louis Andriessen

Company: Possible Films