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Charles V - The Emperor and his Mission
Year: 2020
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Wilfried Hauke

A co-production by ORF, ZDF/ARTE, Interspot Film and DMFILM
Available worldwide except for Germany and France

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED) , French (DUBBED) , German (SUB TITLE)

Charles V - The Emperor and his Mission

Charles V - The Emperor and his Mission

500 years ago, the 19-year-old Spanish King Carlos I became the German King of the Romans and was shortly thereafter crowned Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. His vast power was bought with money borrowed from the Fugger family, the loans secured with gold and silver from the Spanish colonies in America. The new emperor had a grand plan: to unify Europe as a great Christian empire, an «El Dorado» built on a unified faith. In faraway Mexico, Conquistador Hernán Cortés soon declared him «Emperor of the World». But the extermination of the Aztecs and Incas in his name plunged pious Charles into a deep crisis of conscience. His European mission was soon challenged by the Reformation, led by Martin Luther. The film shows Charles V both as a holy warrior and a humanist, with lavishly enacted scenes and newly rediscovered archival material. He was an emperor willing to enforce his idealistic goals for humanity and his religious convictions by war, financed with gold stolen from the New World. However, the European church eventually split. In the end, Charles V's El Dorado was doomed by intolerance. The story of his impossible mission is a dramatic Game-of-Thrones-style tale from the early modern age, and a moment in history that mirrors today's globalised world and its contradictions.
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