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The Birth of the Leopard

OT: Die Geburt des Leoparden

Luigi Falorni // Germany, Italy, Latvia, 2019
Documentary Feature // FF2019



DOCUMENTARY How a great love became a masterpiece of European literature: the fascinating story of how the novel »The Leopard« came to be written. When Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa died in 1957, he was penniless. One year later, his only novel The Leopard was published and became an overnight success. Luchino Visconti’s eponymous film won the Palme D‘Or at Cannes in 1963. The story of how the book came to be written is largely unknown. It’s based on the relationship between the writer and his Baltic German wife and how they lost almost everything against the background of the massive upheavals in Europe and who nonetheless managed to reinvent themselves.


LUIGI FALORNI (*1971) was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for The Story of the Weeping Camel, his graduation film from the HFF film school in Munich. His debut feature Heart of Fire was shown in competition at the Berlinale in 2008.


Die Geburt des Leoparden

Documentary Feature

English, Italian, Russian


Germany, Italy, Latvia


90 min

German overvoice

Luigi Falorni

Bernhard Pfletschinger, Thomas Keutner

Jörg Bundschuh, Gints Grube, Roberto Cicutto

Roland Wagner

Wolfgang Grimmeisen

Karlis Auzans

Martin Pieper (ZDF/ARTE)

NFP marketing & distribution GmbH

Kick Film GmbH München

Kick Film GmbH München, Coproduction Companies: Mistrus Media; Instituto Luce

Marc Klocker, NFP marketing & distribution GmbH: m.klocker@nfp.de

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