Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
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Film poster
Directed by Arnaud des Pallières
Produced by Serge Lalou
Martina Haubrich
Gunnar Dedio[1]
Written by Christelle Berthevas
Arnaud des Pallières
Based on Michael Kohlhaas 
by Heinrich von Kleist
Starring Mads Mikkelsen
Music by Martin Wheeler
Cinematography Jeanne Lapoirie
Edited by Sandie Bompar
Arnaud des Pallières
Distributed by Les 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
125 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $800,313[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. But when he has to pass a local baron's lands, the baron seized two of his horses even though tolling rights had been abolished in the country. When Kohlhaas discovers his loyal servant had been attacked by the baron's guard dogs, and his horses came back injured and abused, he attempted to sue for monetary compensation, but his lawsuit was dismissed because the baron had a kinsman in the court. Later, Kohlhaas' wife died from injuries suffered at the hands of the baron's men.

Kohlhaas sent his daughter away and led a revolt to attack the Baron's house, but the Baron escaped and hid in a monastery disguised as a nun.


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. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Age of Uprising". Box Office Mojo. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Michael Kohlhaas wins the Golden Iris at the Brussels Film Festival". 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  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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