Get curated editors’ picks, peeks behind the scenes, film recommendations and more.
The Christian pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago originated in the 9th century. Today, it remains a popular trekking route for pilgrims religious and secular alike, with a network of routes beginning in France, Portugal and Spain, and ending in the town of Santiago de Compostela in the northwest of Spain.
Maria’s Way (2009) chronicles a day in the life of an elderly Spanish woman living along a Camino de Santiago route. There, just outside of her home, she has for years kept count of pilgrims and offered them stamps, which help credential them along their trek. Filming from behind Maria’s small route-side stall as she goes about her daily routine, the Scottish director Anne Milne’s short captures Maria interacting with gold-toothed nuns, rude youngsters with cameras and kindly pilgrims who are curious about her life and work. A feisty woman who doesn’t suffer fools gladly, Maria’s presence lends the film humour and heart. But more than just a slice-of-life profile, Milne’s film demonstrates how even the most outwardly mundane tasks can have deep resonance.
Director: Anne Milne
Building ‘bigger and better’ has pushed cosmology forward. Can it take it any further?
How Hokusai’s Great Wave emerged from Japan’s isolation to become a global icon
The ancient world
Not a lost kingdom but a parable – how to read Athens in Plato’s story of Atlantis
Meaning and the good life
Albert Camus built a philosophy of humanity on a foundation of absurdity
When two punk bands came to a psychiatric hospital, beautiful chaos ensued
Design and fashion
Gear up for a stylish celebration of vintage motorcycle design
Film and visual culture
Shoddy filmmaking meets the miracle of life in a police training film turned cult classic
Check in to the Hilbert Hotel, and learn why some infinities are bigger than others
Human rights and justice
The buzzes, clanks and whirrs of prison life form a meditation on freedom