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LUDWIG II Bavaria, 1864: Just 18, Crown Prince Ludwig is a striking young man. Tall and good-looking, he is passionate about the grim, brooding works of Richard Wagner with every fiber of his heart and soul. When King Maximilian II unexpectedly dies, Ludwig is proclaimed King of Bavaria and cheered enthusiastically by his subjects, who have put all their hopes for a better future in him. But he is naive, and soon has more enemies than friends. He believes in a better world and wants his people to live in peace and happiness. And to achieve this, his kingdom will become a center of beauty, ruled by the arts. His ministers can’t under- stand why he refuses to buy new weapons … Suspicious of the palace courtiers, Ludwig surrounds himself with commoners who swear loyalty to him. He seeks friendship where love should blossom, and love where passion is for- bidden. Richard Wagner skillfully manipulates Ludwig’s passion. His grandiose operas cast their spell on the young ruler, who seems ready to bankrupt his nation to foster Wagner’s monumental plans. But war is on the horizon, as Prussia sets its sights on establishing a German Empire. Bavaria needs a resolute king; but not even Ludwig’s beloved cousin Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, can convince him to address matters of state rather than devote himself to art. The war is lost, and Bavaria’s independence with it. Ludwig retreats into his dream world, ransacking the royal coffers to build the palaces of his visions. The sun begins to set on Ludwig’s life, but his legend has already taken root … Genre Drama, History Category Feature Year of Production 2012 Directors Peter Sehr, Marie Noëlle Screenplay Marie Noëlle, Peter Sehr Director of Photography Christian Berger Cast Sabin Tambrea, Sebastian Schipper, Hannah Herzsprung, Edgar Selge, Friedrich Mücke, Justus von Dohnányi, Samuel Finzi, Tom Schilling, Paula Beer, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Peter Simonischek, Gedeon Burkhard, Katharina Thalbach, August Schmölzer, Michael Fitz, Franz Dinda, Christophe Malavoy Pro- World Sales Global Screen photos©BavariaPictures/DorFilm/WarnerBros./Rolize,B.A.Produktion/ARRIFilm&TVServices/StefanFalke GFQ 1-2013 32 NEW GERMAN FILMS ducer Ronald Mühlfellner Co-Producers Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker, Franz Kraus, Antonio Exacoustos, Roland Zelles Pro- duction Company Bavaria Pictures/Geiselgasteig, in co-produc- tion with Dor Film/Vienna, BR/Munich, ARD Degeto/Frankfurt, WDR/Cologne, SWR/Baden-Baden, ORF/Vienna, Rolize/Bad Feilnbach, B.A. Produktion/Munich, ARRI Film & TV Services/ Munich, P’Artisan Filmproduktion/Munich, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany/Hamburg Length 140 min Format DCP, color, cs Original Version German Subtitled Version English With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, MEDIA, Bavarian Bank Fund, FISA Film Location Austria, ORF Film/Television Agree- ment, Film Fund Vienna, ÖFI Austrian Film Institute, Culture Lower Austria, Cine Tirol  PETER SEHR studied Physics and Chemistry in Zurich. After a year in South America, he pursued doctoral studies in Bio- physics in Oxford. He then moved to Paris to work as a research scientist at the Institut Curie. At the same time, he began to work as an assistant director. In 1982, he returned to Germany and worked with various German and French directors. In 1988, he founded P’Artisan Filmproduktion with Marie Noëlle.  MARIE NOËLLE grew up in France. After studying Mathe- matics, she earned an MBA. In 1979, she began working with Peter Sehr as an editor, screenwriter and co-director. She is also active as a writer and producer for other directors. Their films together include: UND NICHT EIN TOHUWABOHU (1988), THE ANARCHIST'S WIFE (DIE FRAU DES ANARCHISTEN, 2008), and LUDWIG II (2012). S.32_LUDWIG_II_Layout 1 21.01.13 09:06 Seite 1