Man on Horseback

Volker Schlöndorff

IndieLisboa 2019 •

Fiction, 1969, 99′

Based on the homonymous tale by Heinrich Von Kleist (1810) from a true story (from the mid-sixteenth century), admired by writers like Goethe and Kafka thanks to Kleist’s powerful book, Volker Schlöndorff’s film focuses on the titular character. Horse dealer Michael Kohlhaas (David Warner) is forced to pay a tax to an aristocrat discovering that he was deceived, which leads him to exacerbate an innate sense of justice. Anna Karina plays the character of his wife, Elizabeth. (Cinemateca Portuguesa)