The Man Who Knew 75 Languages

11 NOV 14:00 Sal 4

A great talent finds the love of his life in a princess he never can get. Thwarted in love, he dedicates his life to the struggle of minorities in Europe. This film is about the remarkable life of a poor priest's son, Georg Julius Justus Sauerwein (born 1831 in Hanover, died 1904 in Christiania/Oslo), and his lifelong love for Princess Elisabeth of Wied, later Queen of Romania.
As a young man, he was invited to the court to be her tutor, and helped her develop her artistic gifts immensely as such. Their friendship, along with his increased affection for her, could not be tolerated, and he was banished from the royal court.
Pining for Elisabeth, he put all his energy into fighting for minorities and their right to speak their native languages. In his day, he was the most vilified person in the German press, seen as a traitor to the German empire. Elisabeth later became the first Queen of Romania, and Georg and Elisabeth stayed in touch by sending each other letters, books and articles.  


Norway/ Poland/ Lithuania | 2017 | 66:00 |
Director: Anne Magnussen, Pawel Debski
Production: Trude Refsahl, Anne Magnussen
Animation: Pawel Debski
Company: Embla Film AS

Director's Biography:

Anne Magnussen (b. 1953) is a well-known and versatile director with over 40 years of experience in film and television production. She started her career in the national broadcast NRK in 1972, where she over 30 year worked as both editor, photographer, director and producer. Magnussen has received several awards, among other The Golden Umbrella, awarded by the Norwegian Union of Journalist, In 2003 for the documentary Safe in Danger, documenting violence and sexual abuse in orphanages.  In 2003 she left NRK and started the fproduction company Embla Film AS, which she successfully runs to this day.

Pawel Debski (b. 1985) is a polish director and animator for both films and TV. He is graduated form the Film School in tód´z where he studies Animated Film and Special Effects. As a student he made the film Hair Nighmare (2007) an Different Story (2008 which where well recived at film festivals. Now he is working at the Fumi Studio in Warsaw, which  co-produced his diploma film Lumberjack (2011). During 2016 he develop different animated tv-series and latest year he released his first feature The Man who knwe 75 Languages, which he co-directed with Anne Magnussen.