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Iceman (2017)

Der Mann aus dem Eis (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 March 2019 (USA)
The Ötztal Alps, more than 5300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled near a creek. It is their leader Kelab's responsibility to be the keeper of the group's holy shrine Tineka. While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked.

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Felix Randau

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Felix Randau
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Credited cast:
Jürgen Vogel ... Kelab
André Hennicke ... Krant
Susanne Wuest ... Kisis
Sabin Tambrea ... Tasar
Martin Augustin Schneider Martin Augustin Schneider ... Gosar
Violetta Schurawlow ... Mitar
Anna F. Anna F. ... Kulan (as Anna Wappel)
Axel Stein Axel Stein ... Gris
Paula Renzler Paula Renzler ... Rasop
Franco Nero ... Ditob
Nora Pider Nora Pider
Ann-Birgit Höller Ann-Birgit Höller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Buchmann ... Trapper
Konrad Hochgruber Konrad Hochgruber ... Toran
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The Ötztal Alps, more than 5300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled near a creek. It is their leader Kelab's responsibility to be the keeper of the group's holy shrine Tineka. While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked. The members of the tribe are brutally murdered, among them Kelab's wife and son, only one newborn survives - and Tineka is gone. 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. And a fatal error even turns Kelab from hunter to hunted. On top of all that, the loneliness causes Kelab to doubt his actions more and more. When Kelab finally faces the murderers of his clan, his greatest challenge will be not to become a murderer himself. - Ötzi - The Iceman is one of the oldest and most well-known mummies in the world. With emotional impact, writer/director Felix Randau depicts the first ... Written by www.port-prince.de

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Country:

Germany | Italy | Austria

Language:

Rhaetian

Release Date:

15 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iceman See more »

Filming Locations:

Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,372, 17 March 2019

Gross USA:

$2,138

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,719
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A fictional story of the last few days in the life of Ötzi, one of the oldest and best-preserved bodies that has ever been found, and who was discovered in 1991, 5,300 years after his estimated death. See more »

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stunning environment
14 March 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Some writers struggle with how to end their story. In this case, writer-director Felix Randau had his ending served up in newspaper headlines almost 30 years ago, and his challenge was to come up with an interesting beginning and middle (as well as meaning for the ending). In 1991, at almost 10,000 feet above sea level, a body was discovered. Originally thought to be a missing hiker, it was determined instead to be a 5300 year old Neolithic man. Thanks to the ice, he was well-preserved along with his clothes, tools, and supplies.

Nicknamed Otzi the Iceman since he was found in the Otztal Alps (Italy), some basic information could be derived about his existence and death. Filmmaker Randau then created a fictional account of his final days, speculating on and imagining the life he led. German actor Jurge Vogel stars as Kelab (Otzi the Iceman), and we get our first glimpse of native Neolithic life in the community of his clan. The mother of his child dies giving birth, and we see Kelab display a magical box used as a shrine of worship to pay respect. The contents of the box are not revealed until near the end of the film.

While Kelab is out hunting for food, the village is violently attacked. The invasion kills most of the inhabitants and destroys their homes and supplies. Kelab takes the surviving infant child with him as he sets off to seek revenge. As he tracks those who attacked, we see him balance his incredibly strong survival instincts with his emotional need for revenge. Another community led by the legendary Franco Nero offers Kelab a place to rest and a safe haven for the infant child that couldn't possibly make the trek that lies ahead for his father. The scenery is breathtaking and environment treacherous.

Very little dialogue is spoken, and what there is must be interpreted by the situation. The filmmakers and researchers decided on an early form of Rhaetian for the film, so unless you are a world renowned linguist, you'll likely have to join the bulk of viewers in interpreting meaning. Mr. Vogel is quite believable in his performance ... at times we forget he's an actor rather than the Neolithic man he's portraying.

The costumes and makeup are excellent and realistic, while the setting, scenery and environment (nature) are the true co-star. We feel the cold and grasp the harsh conditions. This was a violent life ... typically out of necessity, yet sometimes out of emotion. QUEST FOR FIRE (not CAVEMAN) and the brutal elements of THE REVENANT (without the bear) are recalled; however, Mr. Randau's dramatized account of Kelab's last days in pursuit of vengeance are a perfect fit for this coldest of all cold cases. Otzi the Iceman's preserved mummy can be viewed at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.


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