The Headsman (aka Shadow of the Sword, Au. Henker) is a 2005 film directed by Simon Aeby. Set in early 16th century Tyrol, it is set before the background of the turmoils of the Lutheran Reformation. It was filmed in Austria and Hungary.
|Directed by||Simon Aeby|
|Produced by||Mike Downey|
|Written by||Susanne Freund|
|Distributed by||Allegro Film|
Film and Music Entertainment
T&C Film AG
The Headsman tells a story of loyalty tested by two friends during Europe's 16th-century Inquisition. Orphans Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Georg (Peter McDonald) bond as children, but walk very different paths as adults. Georg follows his calling to join the church, while Martin becomes an army captain. When fate places Martin in the role of executioner, he must choose between friendship and fundamentalist doctrine.
Montréal World Film Festival - 2005
- Nominated for the Grand Prix des Amériques award.