A drunken homeless man (Rutger Hauer) in Paris is lent 200 francs by a stranger as long as he promises to repay it to a local church when he can afford to; the film depicts the man’s constant frustrations as he attempts to do so.
The Legend of the Holy Drinker (Italian: La leggenda del santo bevitore) is a 1988 Italian film written and directed by Ermanno Olmi. It stars Rutger Hauer, Anthony Quayle, Sandrine Dumas, Dominique Pinon, Sophie Segalen, Cécile Paoli, Jean-Maurice Chanet, Joseph De Medina, Joséphine Lecaille and Dalila Belatreche.
The film won the Golden Lion at the 45th edition of the Venice Film Festival. It also won four David di Donatello Awards (for best film, best director, Best cinematography and best editing) and two Silver Ribbons (for best director and best screenplay). The film was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 61st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. It is based on the 1939 novella by the Austrian novelist Joseph Roth.
The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)
Directed by: Ermanno Olmi
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Anthony Quayle, Sandrine Dumas, Dominique Pinon, Sophie Segalen, Cécile Paoli, Jean-Maurice Chanet, Joseph De Medina, Joséphine Lecaille, Dalila Belatreche
Screenplay by: Ermanno Olmi, Tullio Kezich
Production Design by: Gianni Quaranta
Cinematography by: Dante Spinotti
Film Editing by: Paolo Cottignola, Ermanno Olmi, Fabio Olmi
Costume Design by: Anne-Marie Marchand
Set Decoration by: Jean-Jacques Caziot, Philippe Turlure
Music by: José Padilla
Distributed by: Columbia Italia
Release Date: September 2, 1988