UFA Film Nights

Silent Film Classics with Live Musical Accompaniment

And – as extended Version – THE PHYSICIAN

Open Air in the Heart of Berlin

The Physician

August 25
Start: 21.00, Doors open: 20:30

2013

Director: Philipp Stölzl
Script: Jan Berger nach dem Roman von Noah Gordon
Production: UFA
Producer: Wolf Bauer, Nico Hofmann
Actors: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby, Elyas M’Barek, Fahri Yardim, Makram J. Khoury, Michael Marcus und Ben Kingsley
Length: 181 min

“The Physician” tells the story of the orphan Rob Cole (Tom Payne), who travels from medieval England to Isfahan in Persia to study medicine with Ibn Sina (Ben Kingsley), the “greatest of all physicians,” fueled by a burning desire to help his fellow human beings. Along the way, Rob encounters countless dangers and challenges, is forced to make sacrifices, and has to struggle unconditionally to realize his dream.

In the end, his unerring quest for knowledge is rewarded with insights about the world and about himself, with friendship and true love. An epic tale of Orient and Occident, of love and hatred, of science and religion.

Commenting on the production, UFA co-CEOs Wolf Bauer and Nico Hofmann said: “We see ‘The Physician’ in the tradition of large-scale European productions like ‘The House of the Spirits’, ‘The Name of the Rose’ and ‘Perfume’. The book is one of the last mega-sellers of our time that has not yet been made into a film. The basis for a great and emotional adventure movie, it is also a modern-day plea for peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance.” In Germany alone, “Der Medicus” attracted more than 6.6 million moviegoers.

Music: Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam, directed by Ud Joffe, based on a score by Ingo Ludwig Frenzel in a revised orchestration by Bernd Wefelmeyer