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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

Michael Kohlhaas

France | 2013 | 122 minutes | Arnaud des Pallières

Mads Mikkelson gives a commanding performance as the titular hero, a simple merchant in 16th century France, who swears revenge against the nobleman responsible for his wife’s brutal murder.

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In this epic tale of wrongdoing and retribution set in 16th century Cévennes, Michael Kohlhaas (the ever impressive Mads Mikkelsen) starts out as a successful, well-to-do horse trader with a loving family. The once unshakable feudal system is slowly declining, and when a local nobleman humiliates Kohlhaas and seizes two of his horses, he retaliates by gathering an army and embarking on a Robin Hood-style mission to have his revenge against the baron. Kohlhaas's actions become more and more violent and extreme, and the repercussions become increasingly devastating. Soon, an entire army is raised and chaos descends on the countryside in the fight to defend a man’s rights. Based on Heinrich von Kleist's classic German Romanticist novel, the story of Michael Kohlhaas previously inspired a 1969 film by Volker Schlöndorff. With gorgeous widescreen cinematography, skillful stunt work, and a powerful score, Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas is a stunning period piece that raises important questions of faith and morality.

Director Biography

Parisian Arnaud des Pallières studied literature before being admitted into the La Femis film school in Paris where he directed his first short films. Pallieres, who also writes and edits his projects, shot his first feature film Drancy Avenir in 1997. Age of Uprising is Pallieres’ fourth feature film and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

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Director: Arnaud des Pallières
Principal Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz
Country: France, Germany
Year: 2013
Running Time: 122 minutes
Producer: Martina Haubrich, Serge Lalou, Gunnar Dedio
Screenplay: Arnaud des Pallières, Christelle Berthevas, based on a book by Heinrich von Kleist
Cinematographers: Adrien Debackere, Jeanne Lapoirie
Editors: Sandie Bompar, Arnaud des Pallières
Music: Martin Wheeler
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Brussels European Film Festival 2013 (Best Feature), César Awards 2014 (Best Original Music, Sound)
Filmography: Park (2008); Farewell (2003); Drancy Future (1996);
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Music Box Films
International Sales: Les Films du Losange
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