30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Birth of the Leopard Germany, Italy, Latvia 2019 | 90 min | OV with German voice over | B & W | FF 2019

Luigi Falorni

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.

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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.

Presented by:
Original title: Die Geburt des Leoparden
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: English, Italian, Russian
Section: Kaleidoscope
Language and subtitles: OV with German voice over
Director: Luigi Falorni
Screenplay: Bernhard Pfletschinger, Thomas Keutner
Producer: Jörg Bundschuh, Gints Grube, Roberto Cicutto
Director of Photography: Roland Wagner
Music: Karlis Auzans
Production Design:
Editor: Wolfgang Grimmeisen
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor: Martin Pieper (ZDF/ARTE)
Format: dcp
German Distributor: NFP marketing & distribution GmbH
World Sales: Kick Film GmbH München
Production: Kick Film GmbH München, Coproduction Companies: Mistrus Media; Instituto Luce
Contact: Marc Klocker, NFP marketing & distribution GmbH:


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