Radegund: Malick’s Fact-Based War Film

Mister Smith Entertainment has acquired international rights to Terrence Malick’s Radegund, a high-profile movies at the European Film Market, during the Berlin Film Fest.

Radegund tells the true story of Franz Jaegerstaetter, an Austrian farmer who, after Germany annexed Austria in 1938, refused to fight for the Third Reich.

Written by Malick, the story is told through a series of wartime letters between Jaegerstaetter and his wife.  Jaegerstaetter’s opposition to the Third Reich put the couple in conflict with members of their town, church, and government.

August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”) plays Jaegerstaetter; Valerie Pachner (“Egon Schiele – Death and the Maiden”) plays his wife, Fani; and Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone”) plays Captain Herder.

Malick’s longterm production partner Grant Hill (“The Tree of Life,” “The Thin Red Line,” “Voyage of Time”) is producing together with Dario Bergesio, Marcus Loges (“Cloud Atlas”), Josh Jeter and Elisabeth Bentley (“Beautiful Darling”).

Radegund is slated for release in 2017, having completed principal photography last August at Studio Babelsberg after filming on location in the Austrian Tyrol and the Italian Alps.