Der Unhold

Der Unhold

Deutschland / Frankreich / Großbritannien / Polen 1995/1996, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Ogre

Abel grows up unloved and without parents in the 1920s in a French boarding school, he is nonetheless convinced from an early age of his higher calling. When he wishes that the school would burn down to save him from a punishment, the building soon stands in flames.

Years later, he is living as a car mechanic on the outskirts of Paris. He has contact only with children, animals and a few outcasts. Suspected of having indecently assaulted a small girl, Fate again takes care of his own: the Second World War begins and saves him from prison. But Abel immediately ends up as a prisoner-of-war in East Prussia. Abel experiences as a liberation what for others would be a tragic exile. He finds the long dreamed-of adventure land of his childhood in the forests and lakes of East Prussia.


Reichsjaegermeister Goering engages Abel for his hunting lodge. Abel accompanies him on the hunt. Until a battle in far Stalingrad brings Goering´s splendid life in the East to an end. But, for Abel, this development is just another step toward the ancient Citadel of Kaltenborn where 400 pupils aged between 12 and 16 are being trained for their role as the future elite of the Reich. He brings back young boys for the elite school from his raids in the isolated villages. He, who the children love, captures them for the castle like an ogre. First when Abel finds a young Jewish boy in the wake of a death march by concentration camp prisoners and brings him to the castle, does The Ogre develop into the monster′s enemy.

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Credits

Director:Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay:Jean-Claude Carrière, Volker Schlöndorff
Director of photography:Bruno de Keyzer
Editing:Peter Przygodda, Nicolas Gaster
Music:Michael Nyman
  
Cast: 
John MalkovichAbel
Armin Mueller-StahlGraf von Kaltenborn
Gottfried JohnOberforstmeister
Marianne SägebrechtFrau Netta
Volker SpenglerReichsmarschall Göring
Heino FerchObersturmbannführer Raufeisen
Dieter LaserProfessor Blättchen
Agnès SoralRachel
Sasha HanauMartine
Caspar SalmonAbel als Kind
Daniel SmithNestor
Ilja SmoljanskiEphraim
Marc Duret1. Kriegsgefangener
Luc Florian2. Kriegsgefangener
Laurent Spielvogel3. Kriegsgefangener
Philippe Sturbelle4. Kriegsgefangener
Erick DeshorsHervé
Lyèce BoukhitineAhmed
Jérôme KeenAbels Kunde
Sylvie HuguelMartines Mutter
Patrick FloersheimPolizeikommissar
Simon McBurneyBrigadier
Vernon DobtcheffRechtsanwalt
Jacques CironStaatsanwalt
Ryan O'LearyClément
Thierry MonfrayLehrer
Claude DegenPriester
Christine PaoliniNestors Mutter
Jacques BrunetSchulvorsteher
Lars AlbiezLothar
Maximilian Haas1. Napolaschüler
Robert Beyer2. Napolaschüler
Norman Daugs3. Napolaschüler
Joachim Paul AssböckWehrmachtssoldat
  
Production company:Studio Babelsberg GmbH (Potsdam-Babelsberg), Renn Productions S.A. (Paris), Recorded Picture Company Ltd. (London)
Producer:Ingrid Windisch

All Credits

Director:Volker Schlöndorff
Assistant director:Marcel Just, Béatrice Banfi, Roland Dhardiville, Marek Brodzki
Script supervisor:Thomas Hezel
Screenplay:Jean-Claude Carrière, Volker Schlöndorff
Co-author:Rainer Simon
based on:Michel Tournier (Roman "Le roi des aulnes")
Director of photography:Bruno de Keyzer
Camera operator:Daniel Leterrier, Martin Kenzie
Assistant camera:Isabelle Casez
2nd Camera unit:Thorsten Johanningmeier, Dieter Welsch
Still photography:Oliver Ziebe
Lighting design:Bernd Howeihe, Ronald Kage
Camera (other):Michael Sutor (Tierkamera), Peter Przygodda (Bild-Dramaturgie)
Production design:Ezio Frigerio (Szenenbild), Didier Naert (Chef-Dekorateur)
Set design:Bernhard Henrich, Heinz Röske, Susanne Hein, Eliane Huss
Storyboard:Karl-Heinz Uebelmann
Sculptor:Joost van der Velden, Berndt Wenzel, Uwe Kasch
Prop master:Susanne Hein, Eliane Huss, Axel Kahnt
Construction manager:Berndt-Uwe Leidecker, Peter Seefeldt
Make-up artist:Axel Zornow, Waldemar Pokromski
Costume design:Anna Sheppard
Editing:Peter Przygodda, Nicolas Gaster
Assistant editor:Etienne Boussac, Daniela Boch
Sound:Karl-Heinz Laabs
Sound assistant:Gerd Willert, Jimmy Corcoran
Foley artist:Hugo Gries, Herbert Schulz
Audio mixing:Manfred Arbter
Stunt co-ordinator:Roland Neunreuther
Casting:Karin Beewen
Miscellaneous (other):Knut Muderack-Samel (Tiertrainer), Andre Noel (Tiertrainer)
Music:Michael Nyman
  
Cast: 
John MalkovichAbel
Armin Mueller-StahlGraf von Kaltenborn
Gottfried JohnOberforstmeister
Marianne SägebrechtFrau Netta
Volker SpenglerReichsmarschall Göring
Heino FerchObersturmbannführer Raufeisen
Dieter LaserProfessor Blättchen
Agnès SoralRachel
Sasha HanauMartine
Caspar SalmonAbel als Kind
Daniel SmithNestor
Ilja SmoljanskiEphraim
Marc Duret1. Kriegsgefangener
Luc Florian2. Kriegsgefangener
Laurent Spielvogel3. Kriegsgefangener
Philippe Sturbelle4. Kriegsgefangener
Erick DeshorsHervé
Lyèce BoukhitineAhmed
Jérôme KeenAbels Kunde
Sylvie HuguelMartines Mutter
Patrick FloersheimPolizeikommissar
Simon McBurneyBrigadier
Vernon DobtcheffRechtsanwalt
Jacques CironStaatsanwalt
Ryan O'LearyClément
Thierry MonfrayLehrer
Claude DegenPriester
Christine PaoliniNestors Mutter
Jacques BrunetSchulvorsteher
Lars AlbiezLothar
Maximilian Haas1. Napolaschüler
Robert Beyer2. Napolaschüler
Norman Daugs3. Napolaschüler
Joachim Paul AssböckWehrmachtssoldat
  
Production company:Studio Babelsberg GmbH (Potsdam-Babelsberg), Renn Productions S.A. (Paris), Recorded Picture Company Ltd. (London)
in co-production with:France 2 Cinéma (Paris), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln)
in association with:Canal + (Paris), Heritage Film Ltd. (Warschau), UFA Babelsberg GmbH (Potsdam-Babelsberg)
Producer:Ingrid Windisch
Executive producer:Claude Berri, Jeremy Thomas, Lew Rywin
Line producer:Andreas Grosch
Associate producer:Pierre Couveinhes, Chris Auty
Unit production manager:Dorothea Hildebrandt, Michał Szczerbic, Arlette Danis
Location manager:Andi Lang
Production assistant:Dorothee Specht
Shoot:25.07.1995-09.12.1995: Paris, Marienburg (Polen), Norwegen
Original distributor:Tobis Film GmbH & Co. KG (Berlin)
Funding:Eurimages der EU (Strasbourg), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Bundesministerium des Innern (BMI), Bonn, Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Potsdam
Length:3207 m, 117 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 07.08.1996, 75822, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung / Kinostart (DE): 12.09.1996, Köln, Residenz

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Der Unhold
Originaltitel (FR) Le roi des aulnes
Originaltitel (GB) The Ogre
Arbeitstitel Der Erlkönig

Versions

Original

Length:3207 m, 117 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 07.08.1996, 75822, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung / Kinostart (DE): 12.09.1996, Köln, Residenz