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SHADOW OF THE SWORD

by Simon Aeby

synopsis

At the end of the Middle Ages two friends turn out to be at the mercy of the powerful church. Georg, the prior, tries to withstand the pressure of the church. However, his best friend Martin, the executioner, becomes a rebel jeopardizing his existence, his life and the life of his family to protect innocent from the diabolic machinery of the inquisition. The friends become deadly enemies.

international title: Shadow of the Sword (Headsman)
original title: Henker
country: Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Hungary, Germany
sales agent: Sola Media GmbH
year: 2004
genre: animation
directed by: Simon Aeby
film run: 115'
screenplay: Susanne Freund
cast: Nikolai Coster Waldau, Anastasia Griffith, Peter McDonald
cinematography by: Vladimir Smutny
film editing: Karin Hartusch
art director: Christoph Kanter
music: Matthias Weber
producer: Peter Rommel, Helmut Grasser
production: Allegro Film, Samsa Film, T&C Film AG, Eurofilm Studio Ltd, Henchpik (UK), Home Run Pictures (DE)
backing: Austrian Film Institute, ORF, Vienna Film Fund, Cine Styria, Bundesamt fur Kultur, Film Fund Luxembourg, SFDRS, lnvicta Capital
distributor: Allegro Film (AT)
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