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HENRY OF NAVARRE

by Jo Baier

synopsis

France in 1563. Protestants and Catholics are fighting for land and power, invoking their religion as justification. At the head of the Protestants stands Henri of Navarre, leading his men against Paris, against the Catholics, and against his mother's powerful rival: Catherine de Medici, Queen of France. Until she offers him the hand of her daughter, Margot, as a sign of reconciliation... but the wedding ends in a terrible bloodbath. Henri survives the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Afterwards he is kept prisoner in the Louvre, until he escapes after four long years. During the rest of his life he changes his religion five times, fighting and resorting to any tactics he can – because he refuses to clear the way for people who have no conscience and no humanity. And on his way to the throne he becomes a monarch who can genuinely claim to be one of the first true humanists.

international title: Henry of Navarre
original title: Henri 4
country: Germany, France, Spain, Austria
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Jo Baier
release date: DE 18/03/2010, CZ 02/09/2010, FR 04/05/2011
cast: Julien Boisselier, Joachim Król, Andreas Schmidt, Roger Casamajor, Armelle Deutsch, Chloé Stefani, Sven Pippig, Sandra Hüller
cinematography by: Gernot Roll
film editing: Alexander Berner, Claus Wehlisch
art director: Klaus-Peter Platten, Christian Strang
costumes designer: Gerhard Gollnhofer, Ute Hofinger
music: Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer
producer: Regina Ziegler, Christian Charret, Veit Heiduschka, Ralf Schmitz, Antonio Exacoustos
production: Ziegler Film Berlin, GTV - Gétévé, Wega Film, ICC - Institut del Cinema Català, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk, BR Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR – Südwestrundfunk, NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk, MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, ARD Degeto Film GMBH, France 3 Cinéma, MMC Studios Köln GmbH, B.A. Produktion GmbH
backing: German Federal Film Board (FFA), MEDIA Programme
distributor: Central Film Verleih GmbH, Bontonfilm, Alsace Cinéma Distribution

main awards/selection

Berlinale 2010 Berlinale Special
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