Beta Cinema meets the Iceman Munich. They found a man but not his story: The life and whereabouts of Iceman, who lived more than 5,300 years ago as the leader of a Neolithic clan in the Ötztal Alps, is one of the big unsolved murder case of all times. Beta Cinema has picked up writer/director Felix Randau’s (“Northern Star”) new feature film about Kelab (Juergen Vogel, “The Wave”), elaborated hunter and keeper of the holy shrine.
The Port-au-Prince production will premiere on Locarno’s Piazza Grande in August. Shot in an early version of the Rhaetic language, the pictures of multiple awarded DOP Jakub Bejnarowicz (“Wetlands”, “Mercy”) require no translation to comprehend the story. The discovery of Ötzi the Iceman, the mummy of the ancient inhabitant on a glacier at the Italian/Austrian border, has been a worldwide media phenomenon for over twenty years.
Silver Bear winning German star Juergen Vogel brings Ötzi alias Kelab back to live: While he is hunting, Kelab’s settlement is attacked and the members of the tribe brutally murdered, including Kelab’s wife and son. The holy shrine is stolen and the only survivor is a newborn baby. Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab is out for one thing alone – vengeance!
The pursuit of the murderers is shaping up to be quite an odyssey for Kelab. He fights for the infant’s survival and against the forces of nature. Also starring are Franco Nero (“Django Unchained”), André M. Hennicke (“Victoria”) and Sabin Tambrea (“Ludwig II”). ICEMAN is produced by Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion/Jan Krüger (“Jack”) in coproduction with Echo Film, Lucky Bird Pictures and Amour Fou Vienna.