The Reformer. Zwingli - A life’s portrait

Category: feature
Director: Stefan Haupt
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2019
Length: 128'
Production Status: completed


Zurich in 1519. The young widow Anna is leading a meagre existence between fear of the Church and worries about her three children''s future when the arrival of one man causes a stir in the city: the young priest Ulrich Zwingli takes up his new position at Zurich Cathedral and triggers heated discussions with his sermons against the abuses of the Catholic Church. He inspires hope instead of fear and oppression, and insists on education and charity. Zwingli''s revolutionary ideas initially frighten Anna, but then a love affair quickly develops between the two. Zwingli''s success becomes dangerous within a very short time. His ideas almost trigger a civil war, with a struggle for power and sovereignty beginning at the same time within the inner circles of the movement. Zwingli has to take some difficult decisions when the Catholic forces begin to form across Europe: is he ultimately prepared to die for the Reformation, thereby sacrificing his love?

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