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KRABAT

KRABAT
Scene from "Krabat" (photo © CWP-Film/Marco Nagel)

The Thirty Years' War has brought much death and destruction to central Europe, and has left 14-year-old Krabat an orphan. Lost and devastated, Krabat’s keen survival instincts lead him to a remote valley, where he finds a mysterious mill run by an ominous figure known as the Master. The lure of a safe haven, hot meals and an apprenticeship under the Master is hard to resist... But gradually Krabat uncovers a horrifying secret: the mill is in fact a school of black magic and the Master is in league with satanic powers. While Krabat and his young colleagues revel in the teachings of the Master, they realize there is a price to pay: complete submission to the Master and even death. After Krabat witnesses Tonda, his closest friend at the mill, perish at the Master’s hands, the fire of rebellion starts raging within the young boy. Krabat is able to find strength through the lovely Kantorka. Armed with nothing but courage and their united love, together the young couple brave the Master…

KRABAT is a dark yet uplifting fantasy based on a worldwide best-seller. A soul-stirring adventure for all ages, KRABAT seizes the viewer with its atmospheric power and emotional truthfulness, starring Daniel Brühl and David Kross as Krabat.


Marco Kreuzpaintner was born in Rosenheim in 1977. After studying Art History, he worked as an assistant to Edgar Reitz and Peter Lilienthal. Also active as a writer, his films include: BREAKING LOOSE (2003), SUMMER STORM (2004), TRADE (2007), KRABAT (2008), COMING IN (2014), the series BEAT (2018), and THE COLLINI CASE (2019).
Genre Fantasy, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Marco Kreuzpaintner
Screenplay Marco Kreuzpaintner, Michael Gutmann
Cinematography Daniel Gottschalk
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Annette Focks
Christian M. Goldbeck
Cast Anna Thalbach, David Kross, Daniel Brühl, Christian Redl, Robert Stadlober, Paula Kalenberg, Hanno Koffler
Producers Bernd Wintersperger, Nick Hamson, Lars Sylvest, Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke, Uli Putz
Production Companies Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, Krabat Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with SevenPictures Film, B.A. Produktion/Munich, in association with Brass Hat Films/London
Length 120 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Toronto 2008, Melbourne 2009, Ghent 2009, Havanna 2009, ViewFinders Halifax 2010, Zlín 2015
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2009 (Best Children/Youth Film)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, MEDIA Plus
German Distributor 20th Century Fox (Germany)

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