France

AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS

In 16th century France, enterprising horse farmer Michael Kohlhaas (Mads Mikkelsen) runs afoul of a venal baron, who attempts to shake down the merchant as he crosses the nobleman's woods on the way to market. After events escalate, causing great harm to Kohlhaas's horses, farmhands and family, he raises an army and wages a war against the baron, who soon sues for peace. But with the clergy and courts adjudicating, will Kohlhaas win the war and lose the peace? Arnaud de Pallières' adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist's 1808 novella explores a fault line between medievalism and modernity. With Sergi López, Denis Lavant and Bruno Ganz.

DIR/SCR Arnaud des Pallières; SCR Christelle Berthevas, from the novella by Heinrich von Kleist; PROD Serge Lalou. France/ Germany, 2013, color, 120 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED V

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