Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

Age of Uprising:  The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
France, 2013, 122 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany
Program: World Cinema Now

In this epic tale of wrongdoing and retribution set in 16th-century CĂ©vennes, Michael Kohlhaas (played by Palms Springs favorite, 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-esque mission to have his revenge against the baron. Kohlhaas's actions become more and more violent and extreme, and the repercussions increasingly devastating.

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 also raises important questions of faith and morality.

DIRECTOR: Arnaud Des Pallieres
Producer: Serge Lalou, Gunnar Dedio, Martina Haubrich
Editor: Sandie Bompar, Arnaud des Pallieres
Screenwriter: Christelle Berthevas, Arnaud des Pallieres
Cinematographer: Adrien Debackere, Jeanne Lapoirie
Principal Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Melusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, Bruno Ganz, Denis Lavant, David Bennent
Filmography: Parc (2008)
Adieu (2003)
Drancy Avenir (1997)


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