Arnaud des Pallieres’ MICHAEL KOHLHAAS, part of the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, stars Mads Mikkelsen (TV’s HANNIBAL, THE HUNT, CASINO ROYALE) as the 16th century legendary character who turns vigilante after a series of horrible grievances.
Kohlhaas is a successful landowner who raises horses. One day his servant is beaten and his horses are stolen to pay a toll tax, replaced by nags who are dirty and injured. His appeal for justice is rejected and he is told to cease his protest or he will be imprisoned. When his wife offers to go to the princess of the province to plead his cause, she is returned home by carriage with a fatal injury. Kohlhaas is forced to take up arms to take revenge on the Baron and kill the culprits that have been cruel to his animals and slaughtered his wife.
Based on the 1811 novella by the German author Heinrich von Kleist, which is based on a 16th-century story of Hans Kohlhase, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS is a timeless story that although is based several hundred years ago, has universal themes that are very modern.
Synopsis written by: Examiner