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The Cardinal

60', 90' (GER, ENG)
Cardinal Franz König - As Vienna's Archbishop, he was one of the most influential personalities in Austria in the 20th century – admired and respected by many, but criticized in conservative circles for his liberal views.

In spite of the criticism, König played an ever greater role in the international life of the Church. As one of the figureheads of the Second Vatican Council, he was soon declared “papabile” – a candidate for the papacy – even if he was actually more of a “Pope maker”! It was thanks to his suggestion that Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope in 1978. The docudrama features archive material, interviews with contemporary witnesses, and re-enactments. The role of Cardinal Franz König is played by August Zirner, known for his role in, for example, “The Counterfeiters.”

Original Title: Kardinal, Der
Year: 2011
Length: 60', 90' (GER, ENG)
Resolution: SD
Film by: Andreas Gruber
Produced by: Tellux-Film GmbH München

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