1 user 26 critic

The Reformer. Zwingli: A Life's Portrait. (2019)

Zwingli (original title)
Zurich in 1519: The young widow Anna Reinhart lives a barren life between fear of the church and worries about the future of her three children, when the arrival of a man in the city causes... See full summary »


Stefan Haupt


Simone Schmid
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Maximilian Simonischek ... Ulrich Zwingli
Sarah Sophia Meyer Sarah Sophia Meyer ... Anna Reinhart
Anatole Taubman ... Leo Jud
Stefan Kurt ... Röist
Charlotte Schwab Charlotte Schwab ... Maria
Andrea Zogg Andrea Zogg ... Chorherr Hofmann
Oscar Bingisser Oscar Bingisser ... Johann Faber
Rachel Braunschweig ... Katharina von Zimmern
Michael Finger Michael Finger ... Felix Manz
Aaron Hitz Aaron Hitz ... Konrad Grebel
Ueli Jäggi Ueli Jäggi ... Bischof von Konstanz
Mathis Künzler Mathis Künzler ... Jakob Kaiser
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pan Aurel Bucher Pan Aurel Bucher ... Bote Rudolf
Thomas Douglas ... Ratsherr Edibach
Peter Hottinger ... Ratsherr Stoll
Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

1984: Searching for an experience that goes deeper than the superficiality of modern civilization, Bruno Manser travels into the jungles of Borneo and finds it with the nomadic Penan tribe.... See full summary »

Director: Niklaus Hilber
Stars: Sven Schelker, Charlotte Heinimann, Daniel Ludwig
Adam & Evelyn (2018)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Summer 1989, East Germany. Adam works as a tailor, Evelyn as a waitress. They are planning a vacation together when Evelyn finds out that Adam is cheating on her and decides to leave for the holiday on her own.

Director: Andreas Goldstein
Stars: Florian Teichtmeister, Anne Kanis, Lena Lauzemis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Spring 1995 - after the closure of the Needle Park in Zurich, 11-Year- Old Mia and her heroin addicted mother Sandrine are relocated to the countryside.

Director: Pierre Monnard
Stars: Michael Schertenleib, Jerry Hoffmann, Luna Mwezi
Relativity (2019)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Have you ever had a Déja Vu? Have you ever met a person you think you already know?

Director: Mariko Minoguchi
Stars: Saskia Rosendahl, Jeanette Hain, Hanns Zischler
Cleo I (2019)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Can Cleo turn back time? It seems that misfortune has been haunting her loved ones since she was born. A legendary treasure sounds like the solution to her problems, but Cleo will have to let go of the past.

Director: Erik Schmitt
Stars: Marleen Lohse, Jeremy Mockridge, Max Mauff
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Ava is a fresh college graduate, but instead of starting her career and standing on her own two feet, it hails rejections because she still has too little work experience for a real job - so she takes on an internship at the theater.

Director: Sophie Kluge
Stars: Henriette Confurius, Inga Busch, Max Krause
Kuessipan (2019)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community who promised each other to stick together no matter what. But their friendship is shaken when Mikuan falls for a white boy.

Director: Myriam Verreault
Stars: Brigitte Poupart, Étienne Galloy, Douglas Grégoire
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Izabele, is a modern, intellectual woman, living with her husband Liudas in a homestead near a big city. They are raising a son, Gailius, who has a case of epilepsy and is smarter than most... See full summary »

Director: Giedre Beinoriute
Stars: Airida Gintautaite, Sigitas Sidlauskas, Guna Zarina
Hello Janine! (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The French ballet girl Janine, a gifted tap-dancer, dreams of a musical career in Paris. But first she wants to take revenge on Count René who stood up her best friend Charlotte. Janine ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Boese
Stars: Marika Rökk, Johannes Heesters, Rudi Godden
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After losing a baby in the third trimester, Joana decides to go on vacation in Peruibe, a small seaside town, known for UFO's sightings. After a one night stand, Joana runs over a man and ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Sanches
Stars: Fabio Acorsi, Renata Amaral, Claudia Campolina
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Its the summer of 1990, two teenagers in Germany fall in love - an innocent first love, shortly before the German reunification. Katja (16) is from West-Berlin, Thorben (17) from GDR. Their... See full summary »

Director: Florian Aigner
Stars: Emilie Neumeister, Ludwig Simon, Andreas Döhler
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An editor discovers a novel that she considers to be a masterpiece, in a library whose particularity is to collect the manuscripts refused by the publishers. The text is signed Henri Pick, a Breton pizza maker who died two years earlier.

Director: Rémi Bezançon
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Camille Cottin, Alice Isaaz


Zurich in 1519: The young widow Anna Reinhart lives a barren life between fear of the church and worries about the future of her three children, when the arrival of a man in the city causes turmoil: The young priest Ulrich Zwingli takes up his new position at the Grossmünster in Zurich and sparks fierce discussions with his sermons against the grievances of the Catholic Church. Zwingli's revolutionary thoughts frighten Anna. But when she sees how Zwingli lives charity and not just preaches, she increasingly becomes fascinated by him. But Zwingli's success quickly becomes dangerous. His ideas almost trigger a civil war, and at the same time a struggle for power and interpretive sovereignty breaks out in the inner circle of the movement. When the Catholic forces begin to form internationally, the relationship between Zwingli and Anna is put to a hard test.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Written by Diego Baldenweg, Nora Baldenweg, Lionel Baldenweg
Performed by Diego Baldenweg, Nora Baldenweg, Lionel Baldenweg with Daniel Hope, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Larissa Bretscher, Vokalensemble Zürich West
Produced by GREAT GARBO music
See more »

User Reviews

Portrait of a reformer
7 June 2020 | by anagram14See all my reviews

Zwingli did in Zurich what Luther and Calvin did in Germany and Geneva. We don't know much about him as a person, but the chronology of the Zurich reformation is pretty well documented. This film sticks to the historical facts as far as possible. In its (necessarily invented) portraits of Zwingli and his wife, it adds a welcome human dimension that makes it very accessible. I live in Zurich but didn't grow up here, so I knew little of the story before seeing this film. It was the most enjoyable, lively and colourful history lesson I ever had. Warmly recommended to anyone with an interest in the subject.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

official site (ch)


Switzerland | Germany


Swiss German

Release Date:

31 October 2019 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Zwingli - Der Reformator See more »


Box Office


CHF5,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.

Recently Viewed