Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

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Age of Uprising:
The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
Michael Kohlhaas poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byArnaud des Pallières
Written byChristelle Berthevas
Arnaud des Pallières
Based onMichael Kohlhaas
by Heinrich von Kleist
Produced bySerge Lalou
Martina Haubrich
Gunnar Dedio[1]
StarringMads Mikkelsen
CinematographyJeanne Lapoirie
Edited bySandie Bompar
Arnaud des Pallières
Music byMartin Wheeler
Distributed byLes Films du Losange (France)
Polyband (Germany)
Release dates
  • 24 May 2013 (2013-05-24) (Cannes)
  • 14 August 2013 (2013-08-14) (France)
  • 12 September 2013 (2013-09-12) (Germany)
Running time
122 minutes
Box office$1.9 million[2]

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (French: Michael Kohlhaas) is a 2013 French-German drama film directed by Arnaud des Pallières based on Heinrich von Kleist's novella Michael Kohlhaas, which again is based on the story of Hans Kohlhase. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


During the 16th century, horse dealer Michael Kohlhaas is taking his horses to market. As he passes through a local baron's lands, the baron seizes two of his horses, even though the right to extract tolls has been abolished in the country. When Kohlhaas discovers that his loyal servant was attacked by the baron's guard dogs, and that his horses have been injured and abused, he attempts to sue for monetary compensation, but his lawsuit is dismissed because the baron has a kinsman at court. Then Kohlhaas's wife tries to plead his case to the Princess, but she dies from injuries suffered at the hands of the baron's men.

Kohlhaas leads a revolt to attack the baron's house and then to induce the authorities to administer satisfactory justice. When initially successful, the Princess offers Kohlhaas an amnesty to stop the violence, and he agrees to it, but the deal soon collapses. The baron is sentenced to prison for just two years for his offenses, and Kohlhaas is executed.


Cast and crew at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival


The film won the Golden Iris at the Brussels Film Festival.[4] In January 2014, the film received six nominations at the 39th César Awards,[5] winning in two categories.[6]


  1. ^ "Michael Kohlhaas, Looks Film & TV". 5 May 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Age of Uprising". Box Office Mojo. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  3. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Michael Kohlhaas wins the Golden Iris at the Brussels Film Festival". 23 July 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Berenice Bejo, Lea Seydoux, Roman Polanski Among France's Cesar Awards Nominees". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "France's Cesar Awards: 'Me, Myself and Mum' Wins Best Film". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2014.

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