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Director: Christian Twente
Producer: Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion, SWR, arte
Executive Producer: Stefan Schneider
Writer: Susanne Utzt
People: Arte, Christian Twente, Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion, Stefan Schneider, Susanne Utzt, SWR
Johannes Kepler – Storming the Heavens

90' (ENG, GER, FRE)

Nowadays we associate Johannes Kepler with his famous laws of planetary motion. But the history of his discoveries is a drama of Shakespearian proportions – full of intrigue, passion, depravity and corruption. His personal biography is almost too tumultuous to be true. Originally, a mathematician, Kepler's discoveries has secured him recognition as the father of modern natural sciences.

Understanding the cosmos – a dream of humanity from time immemorial. The fact that it has become reality is largely due to a man who, 400 years ago, set out to explore the mysteries of the heavens: Johannes Kepler. His groundbreaking laws of planetary motion set the stage for modern astronomy, as we know it today. His successes, however, were hard-won in the shadow of numerous challenges, personal tragedies and entanglements.

Just in time for the 400-year-anniversary of Kepler's 3rd law, we travel back in time to a century of war, chaos and death. This documentary drama focuses on the biography of this key figure in the 17th-century scientific revolution. With about 80% reenactments, this film also illustrates Kepler's thoughts and views in form of animations and takes you on an expedition into another world.

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