Directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner and starring Daniel Brühl (Intruders, The Fifth Estate, Rush), this German flick with the story set in the medievalkrabat_ver2 time is very easy to watch. Story is a mixture of German folk tales, Harry Potter and black magick. Strange mixture isn’t it? But the story develops kind of slow, so do not expect some epic battles or other pumped up stuff. What you can expect is a dark tale of sorcerers and their pupils. Actually, this movie was distributed in the UK as Krabat and the Legend of the Satanic Mill. If this isn’t ominous enough, I don’t know what is.

The story follows a boy called Krabat (well daugh), who becomes sorcerer’s apprentice and accepts black magick as a part of his life. After the Europe has been ravaged by the plague, he had no choice but to join this cult. Soon he will learn why it’s called black magick.

Of course they, had to crap the story with some love and cute girl. It would be so much better if he accepted the black arts and became the new sorcerer. At this point I should probably mention that Krabat is based on a character in Sorbian folklore, also dubbed the “Wendish Faust”. I will drop a link below if you want to learn more. Overall excellent movie, with great photography and beautiful landscapes. Special effects are very good too, especially when you consider the budget. So if you are looking for something similar to Harry Potter, but you’re into satanism, this is a movie for you. It offers a different perspective and it reminds us of those more creepier fantasy movies from the eighties and nineties. Finally, I would like to praise the acting skills of everyone involved. I am certain that a movie with this type of atmosphere and story is hard to comprehend when you’re an actor, but everyone involved, especially Daniel Bruhl and Paula Kalenberg were phenomenal.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner

Cast: David Kross, Daniel Brühl,Christian Redl, Robert Stadlober,Paula Kalenberg

Mythology: Krabat

Fun Facts: Daniel Brühl has said this was the first time ever he agreed to be in a film without having read the screenplay or knowing who would be directing.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0772181/

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