Angelo

A film by Markus Schleinzer

in general Feature Film
Genre Historic Drama

Produced by Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion and Amour Fou Luxembourg 


Synopsis

ANGELO is the story of an African who is Europeanised by force.
At the beginning of the 18th century, as a child, he is taken by forece from his homeland and, after being sold, given the eponymous name through the sacrament of baptism.

ANGELO is the story of a man who, in a career unsual for his time, went from being ob-ject to subject to object again. From a nameless slave to a countess‘s educational experiment, to a general‘s cup-bearer, to a  monarch‘s decorative ornament, to ‒ as proclaimed by the Enlightenment ‒ an in-teresting fellow citizen and, finally, an allegorical exhibition piece.

ANGELO is a story of becoming human that is marked above all by role-play and con-formity. It is inspired by the few surviving records of the life of the Viennese court moor Angelo Soliman.

ANGELO is a film about an outsider. A story about the non-existent, the disguised, the so difficult task of coming to terms with the Other, the Foreign – and hence about the difficulty of coming to terms with ourselves and our actions.