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Scene from HENRY OF NAVARRE (photo © Ziegler Film/Reiner Bajo)

France, 1563. Protestants and Catholics are fighting for land and power, invoking their religion as justification. At the head of the Protestants stands Henry of Navarre, leading his men against Paris, against the Catholics, and against his mother‘s powerful rival, Catherine de Medici, Queen of France. Catherine de Medici offers Henry the hand of her daughter, Margot, as a sign of reconciliation but the wedding ends in a terrible bloodbath. Henry survives the St. Bartholomew‘s Day Massacre but is kept prisoner in the Louvre, until he escapes after four long years. He will change religion five times in the course of his life, fighting and resorting to any tactics to climb his way to the throne. He eventually becomes a monarch who can genuinely claim to be one of the first true humanists.

Jo Baier was born in 1949 in Munich and studied Drama, German and American Language Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. He made more than 70 documentaries and TV features before turning to feature films and has been working as a director since 1979. A selection of his award-winning films includes: Rauhnacht (TV, 1984), Schiefweg (TV, 1987), Wildfeuer (1991), Hoelleisengretl (TV, 1994), The Store (Der Laden, TV 1998), Wambo (TV, 2001), Schwabenkinder (TV, 2002), Stauffenberg (TV, 2004), All Were Not Murderers (Nicht alle waren Moerder, TV, 2005), Valentin (TV, 2007), Henry of Navarre (Henri 4, 2009), and Das Ende ist mein Anfang (2010).
Genre History, Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Jo Baier
Screenplay Cooky Ziesche, Jo Baier
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Claus Wehlisch, Alexander Berner
Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman
Christian Strang, Klaus-Peter Platten
Cast Ulrich Noethen, Hannelore Hoger, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Chloé Stefani, Armelle Deutsch, Julien Boisselier
Producer Regina Ziegler
Production Company Ziegler Film, in co-production with GETEVE/Paris, B.A. Produktion/Munich, Institut del Cinema Català/Catalonia, Wega Film/Vienna, MMC Independent/Cologne, ARTE, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Degeto Film, MDR, NDR/Hamburg, SWR, WDR, France 2/Paris, ORF/Vienna, Televisió de Catalunya/Barcelona
Length 155 min
Format color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2010 (Berlinale Special), Edinburgh 2010, Montreal 2010, Mumbai 2010, Palm Springs 2011, Haifa 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA
German Distributor Central Film Vertrieb/Berlin

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