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Germany, 2010, 102 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Biopic, Coming of Age, Drama, History, Romance
Program: Best of the Fest
Language: German English Sub-Titles

Sparkling cinematography, gorgeous costumes and sets, and a story of star-crossed love—these are just the ingredients needed to lovingly concoct a filmic biography chronicling the early years of Germany’s most famous literary genius. Before Goethe wrote the hugely influential The Sorrows of Young Werther, the book that launched a thousand broken-hearted suicides, he lived its story of love lost, and it is this period that is so affectingly covered in Philip Stölzl’s engaging historical drama.

Alexander Fehling plays Goethe who, having failed his doctorate, takes a job clerking for judge Kester (Moritz Bleibtreu). Bored, he continues to defy his father’s wishes by persisting in his writing and one day he meets the lovely Lotte. Sparks fly, a courtship blossoms, love blooms—but Lotte is betrothed to another… Fehling is perfect in the role of Goethe, giving a sense of energy and a multifaceted intelligence to his portrayal of a young man whose initial experience of romantic love would eventually alter the course of the literary world.

DIRECTOR: Philipp Stolzl
Producer: Christoph Muller, Helge Sasse
Editor: Sven Budelmann
Screenwriter: Philipp Stolzl, Christoph Muller, Alexander Dydyna
Cinematographer: Kolja Brandt
Music: Ingo L. Frenzel
Principal Cast: Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch, Burghart Klaussner, Henry Hubchen
Filmography: North Face (2008), Baby (2002)
Print Source: Music Box Films - www.musicboxfilms.com

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