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by Anne Magnussen, Paweł Dębski


Learning a language is like falling in love. But when this great linguist's love for a princess was denied, he just fell in love with her 75 times more. The film is about the remarkable life of a poor priest's son – Georg Julius Justus Sauerwein and his life-long love for Princess Elisabeth of Wied, later Queen of Romania. This is a psychological drama about a brilliant but complex man. His humanitarian values were far ahead of his time. In his day, he was the most vilified person in the German press. Based on Sauerwein's letters and other written sources and narrated from the first person, the film merges the classic fairytale with documentary realism, both in script and visual design, pushing the boundaries of documentary.

international title: The Man Who Knew 75 Languages
original title: Zmogus, kuris mokejo 75 Kalbas
country: Lithuania, Norway, Poland
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Anne Magnussen, Paweł Dębski
film run: 64'
screenplay: Anne Magnussen, Leiv Igor Devold
cast: Justas Valinskas, Anastasija Marcenkaite, Valda Bickute, Gintaras Liutkevičius, Ervinas Peteraitis, Tauras Čižas, Šarūnas Datenis
cinematography by: Gvidas Kovėra
film editing: Paweł Dębski, Beata Walentowska
music: Olav Oyheaug
producer: Anne Magnussen, Živilė Gallego, Trude Refsahl, Mateusz Michalak
production: Fralita Films, Embla Film, Fumi Studio
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