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- 155 min.
- Year of Production:
- Deutschland/ Frankreich/ Spanien/ Österreich
- Julien Boisselier
Gabriela Maria Schmeide
André M. Hennicke
Wotan Wilke Möhring
Antoine Monot Jr.
Pep Anton Muñoz
- Production Company:
- Ziegler Film Gmbh & Co. KG, Berlin; GeTeVe, Paris; Institut de Cinema Catalá, Barcelona; Wega Film, Wien; MMC, Hürth; B.A. Produktion, München
- Berlinale Section:
- Berlinale Category:
- Feature Film
Sixteenth-century France. Europe’s most powerful state is being torn apart by religious wars. On the one side is the Catholic majority which holds sway over the Parisian court and, on the other, are the Protestants, known as Huguenots. Paris is ruled by Catherine de Medici who is determined to make use of her power to retain the throne for her three sons. But, in the south of France, in the tiny kingdom of Navarre, an opponent is emerging about whose existence she has, as yet, no knowledge: Henry of Navarre.
Henry reaches adulthood on the battlefields. He receives a letter at his camp. Catherine de Medici wishes to marry her daughter, Marguerite, to him so that Huguenots and Catholics can finally coexist peacefully. His mother urges Henry to accept the offer: Catharina’s sons suffer from a mysterious blood disease; if they were to die then Henry would become king of France. The marriage of Henry and Marguerite ends in the St. Bartholemew’s Day massacre, a bloodbath during which thirty thousand Huguenots are slaughtered. Henry survives, but is held prisoner in the Louvre. Marguerite is in love with the man that she was made to marry for reasons of state, but when Henry learns that she was aware of her mother’s murderous plan he rejects her. Henry escapes, rejoins the Protestant forces and continues the bloody religious conflict with the intention of founding a state based on humanist thought. And then he meets the love of his life: Gabrielle d’ Estrées.
When Henry’s brother-in-law, Henry III, Catherine de Medici’s last son, is murdered he becomes the new king – Henry IV. Marguerite lives in hope once more. But this sets the wheels in motion for a series of betrayals and intrigues.
BIOGRAFIE Jo Baier
Born in Munich on 13.2.1949, he studied drama, German and American language and literature at Ludwig Maximilians University, graduating with a doctorate in 1980. Since 1979 he has directed primarily television documentaries and dramas which have received numerous awards including the Adolf Grimme and German Television Awards. WILDFEUER, his debut as a director of theatrical features, earned him a nomination for the German Film Award.
FILMOGRAFIE Jo Baier (selection)
2017 Bella Block 2016 Bergfried 2012 Die Heimkehr 2010 Henri 4 2010 Das Ende ist mein Anfang 2008 Liesl Karlstadt & Karl Valentin 2007 Das letzte Stück Himmel 2006 Nicht alle waren Mörder 2002 Schwabenkinder 2001 Wambo 1998 Der Laden 1993 Die indische Ärztin - Die Heimkehr 1991 Wildfeuer 1988 Rosse 1986 Sciefweg 1985 Raunacht 1983 Die Mission. Film vom Frieden und seinem Krieg