Henri 4

Henry of Navarre
Director
Jo Baier
Country
Germany, Spain, France, Austria
Year
2009
Genre
Fiction
Cast
Julien Boisselier / Joachim Król / Andreas Schmidt / Roger Casamajor / Armelle Deutsch / Chloé Stefani / Sven Pippig / Sandra Hüller
Production
Ziegler Film Berlin / GTV - Gétévé / Wega Film / ICC - Institut del Cinema Català / WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk / BR Bayerischer Rundfunk / SWR – Südwestrundfunk / NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk / MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk / ARD Degeto Film GMBH

Storyline

France in 1563. Protestants and Catholics are fighting for land and power, invoking their religion as justification. At the head of the Protestants stands Henri of Navarre, leading his men against Paris, against the Catholics, and against his mother's powerful rival: Catherine de Medici, Queen of France. Until she offers him the hand of her daughter, Margot, as a sign of reconciliation... but the wedding ends in a terrible bloodbath. Henri survives the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Afterwards he is kept prisoner in the Louvre, until he escapes after four long years. During the rest of his life he changes his religion five times, fighting and resorting to any tactics he can – because he refuses to clear the way for people who have no conscience and no humanity. And on his way to the throne he becomes a monarch who can genuinely claim to be one of the first true humanists.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Berlin International Film Festival 2010
Berlinale Special

Releases

Germany (18 of January 2012)
Czech Republic (2 of January 2012)