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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.
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, BR, Degeto Film, MDR, NDR/Hamburg, SWR, WDR, France 2/Paris, ORF/Vienna, Televisió de Catalunya/Barcelona
Runtime 155 min
Format color
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 / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA
German Distributor Central Film Vertrieb/Berlin

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