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Crusader, The (Templer, Der)

Crusader, The
Scene from "The Crusader "(photo © Hogler Kist)

1204 A.D. A crusader returns to the homeland, wounded and shaken in his faith. When he meets a mysterious woman, he realizes again what is worth fighting for...


Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck , born 1973 in Cologne, studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich. His first student short film DOBERMANN (1998) won the Max Ophüls Award and the Shocking Shorts Award, among many others. His first feature as writer and director, THE LIVES OF OTHERS (2006) won the German and European Film Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actor, as well as the BAFTA, David di Donatello and Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. His second feature, THE TOURIST (2010), was nominated for three Golden Globes in the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress categories. He is member of the Bavarian and North Rhine-Westphalian Orders of Merit, was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013, and serves as a Trustee of the American Academy in Berlin.

Sebastian Henckel von Donnersmarck was born in 1972 in Cologne. He studied Physics in Belgium and Austria, followed by studies in Direction at the Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies of the Film Institute Los Angeles. Together with his brother Florian, he has directed: Midnight (Mitternacht, 1997), Das Datum (1998), Temptation (1999), and The Crusader (Der Templer, 2002) which received the Eastman Promotional Award at Hof.
Genre Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2002
Directors Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Sebastian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Screenplay Sebastian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Marco Pav D'Auria, Olivia Retzer
Nikolaus Schapfl
Wolf Marcus Goeppner, Hucky Hornberger
Cast Walter Sittler, Erika Marozsán, Michael Habeck, Gilbert von Sohlern
Producers Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann
Production Company Wiedemann & Berg Film, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, 13th Street/Universal Studios/Munich
Length 15 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Hof 2002, Kiev 2002, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2003, Cannes 2003 (Kodak European Showcase for New Talents)
Awards Eastman Promotion Award Hof 2002, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Award

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