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Krabat and the Legend of the Satanic Mill (2008)

Krabat (original title)
A boy learns the black arts from an evil sorcerer.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Kross ... Krabat
Daniel Brühl ... Tonda
Christian Redl ... Meister - Evil Sorcerer
Robert Stadlober ... Lyschko
Paula Kalenberg ... Kantorka
Hanno Koffler ... Juro
Anna Thalbach ... Worschula
Charly Hübner Charly Hübner ... Michal
Moritz Grove Moritz Grove ... Merten
Tom Wlaschiha ... Hanzo
Sven Hönig Sven Hönig ... Andrusch
Stefan Haschke ... Staschko
David Fischbach David Fischbach ... Lobosch
Daniel Steiner ... Petar
Tom Lass ... Kubo
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Storyline

1648. After the Thirty Years War, Germany is a wretched, plundered land, still ravished by the Black Death. Urchin Krabat gets separated from his beggar friends and finds refuge on the flourishing estate of the black miller. the hard worker gets initiated in his secret magic society. Only afterward he learns its terrible dark secrets, which spell death and/or solitude for the boys and their beloved village girls. A surprising friend offers a daring way out. Written by KGF Vissers

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

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Germany | UK | Romania

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 October 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Krabat - Aprendiz de Feiticeiro See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,042,251
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2.35 : 1
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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. See more »

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When Krabat and Tonda go on their nightly trip on Easter, the pentagram that has been painted on Krabat's forehead changes from clearly to barely recognizable from scene to scene. See more »

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why ruin a perfect storyline?
7 August 2012 | by brigitta-schmidSee all my reviews

Krabat, boring??? How can that be? I just don't get it - Preussler s novel would have made a wonderful script, if they stuck to his idea instead of changing most of it. didn't they see it? In an age when fantasy works like the Lord of the Rings are made into fantastic movies, it is inexcusable that the screenwriters changed so much of the original storyline, and killed so much of its beauty and depth. The movie was shallow at best Yes, the basic story is about love being the only thing that can overcome the darkness. the biggest crime that was done here was to change the characters: The deep bond between Michal and Merten, which leads to Merten trying to run away and finally kill himself. Lyschko not a bad guy in the end, the betrayal played down to nothing... I really like Daniel Brühl, but Tonda? Also, whatever magic there was, it didn't come through.

It was all about power over people, why not lighten the story up as Preussler had done magnificently in the book and send them off to the market or show how the master - and therefore the devil whom he served - manipulated the politicians of this time? could it have been a matter of budget? Or is it just impossible for us Germans to dive into the spiritual side of things? I don't think any of the changes made to the story were really necessary - it was perfect as it was written, and the screenwriters changed it into a mediocre, lenghty dark tale, nothing more or less. Definitely not what the book was: A story that captured generations of readers. I predict that this movie will be forgotten very quickly.


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