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Way of a Warrior, The (Pfad des Kriegers, Der)

Way of a Warrior, The
Scenes from "The Way of a Warrior" (photo © filmtank)

Michael N. is a wild child. On his sleigh, he races down the snowy slopes of the forest, almost unable to brake. He leaves his home in South Tyrol in the early 80s, determined to become a Catholic priest. Eventually he turns his back on Europe and joins the Jesuits in South America, where the Catholics priests have sided with the powerless and humiliated.

Eight years later, as the head of the Bolivian guerilla troop, he commits terrorist attacks and kidnaps Bolivia's Coca-Cola boss. Several months later, he dies in a hail of police bullets, taking with him the kidnapee and almost every commando member. He leaves behind letters addressed to his family, audio recordings of religious and Bolivian folk songs, and a stunned and speechless family, along with the diary of a kidnapping.

1990. The Wall has come down. The Cold War and all the ardent visions that went with it are declared over and forgotten. No one is interested in the boy who wanted to become a priest and bring God's Kingdom to one of the poorest countries in the world. Ten years later, Europe is confronted with a new generation of educated idealistic young men: men who are deadly serious about God's Kingdom on Earth.

The Way of a Warrior is a documentary about the mortality of ideologies and the immortality of the dead. A film about Michael N. and those who mourn him.
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director Andreas Pichler
Screenplay Andreas Pichler
Cinematography Susanne Schüle
Marzia Mete, Andreas Zitzmann
Paul Lemp
Producer Thomas Tielsch
Production Company Filmtank/Hamburg, in co-production with Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Zurich, Miramonte Film/Bozen, ZDF, DRS-RAI/Bozen
Runtime 88 min
Dubbed Versions English
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Saarbruecken 2008, Solothurn 2008, Docs Barcelona 2008, Al Jazeera Film Festival 2008, Bozen 2008, Innsbruck 2008, Bellaria Film Festival Anteprima Doc Rimini 2008, Sao Paulo 2008
Awards Audience Award Bozen 2008, 2nd Prize Vela d'Argento & UCCA 20 città Rimini 2008
With backing from MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, Zuercher Filmstiftung, Land Suedtirol, MEDIA

World Sales
Deckert Distribution
Heino Deckert