Johannes Brahms - Die Pranke des Löwen

  • Johannes Brahms - Frei, aber einsam (Working title)
Docu-Fiction | 2020-2021 | Biography, Docu-Drama, History, Music | Germany
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Shooting data

Start of shooting06/10/2020
End of shooting31/10/2020
Number of shooting days17
LocationsNiedersachsen, Hamburg, Baden-Baden

Project data

Film financing
Length of movie90 Min.
Distribution formatFilmstream 4:4:4

Brief synopsis

When Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg on May 7th, 1833, nobody could have guessed how much the later child prodigy would shape music history. For international music critics, the grandiose symphonic power, the richness of the thematic work and the concentration of the form of his symphonies are on a par with Beethoven's greatest works. But Brahms was melancholy and is considered by many to be a solitary and tragic genius. And yet one can feel the passion in his music. What influenced and inspired Brahms? Who triggered all these feelings in him, which he then transformed into musical masterpieces? Often it was the women in his life that inspired him. Above all, the friendship - or more aptly put, the deep yet unfulfilled love - between him and the famous pianist Clara Schumann accompanied Brahms throughout his life. Though Brahms chose to place art above love, this painful surrender one can feel in his music, inspired writers, filmmakers, and musicians all over the world to this day.



ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Gedeon BurkhardJohannes Brahms - älter [L]
Basil EidenbenzJohannes Brahms - jung [L]
Esther ZimmeringClara Schumann [L]
Barbara LanzAlma [GS]
Michael BaralEduard Remenyi [SR]
Imme BeccardAloisia [SR]
Lavinia BuratPrinzessin Elisabeth [SR]
Cathrine Sophie DumontAgathe vonSeibold [SR]
Thomas HuberRobert Schumann [SR]
Marco MehringJulius Grimm [SR]
Kaya Marie MöllerBertha [SR]
Mirko Näger-GuckeisenGustav [SR]
Adrian TopolJosef Joachim [SR]
Emilia von TillyJulie Schumann [SR]
Beate Weidenhammer
Franzi [SR]
Andreas WindhuisTheodor Billroth [SR]
Léo MatheySebastian music student [BP]
Christian RudolfJohann Jacob Brahms


Post production supervisorNikolas Lange
Director of photographyJohannes Straub
1st assistant cameraTimm Prozell
Data wrangler / digital loaderMalte Pahl
Costume designerStefanie Jauß
DirectorAnnette Baumeister
1st AD (local system)Manuel Koedding
2nd AD crowd (local system)Niclas Zöllner
Script continuityCarina Mazur
EditorRichard Krause
EditorUli Stein
Crane operatorChristoph Cassel
GafferStefan Herrmann [1]
Best boyRenko Neubauer
Lighting technician / electricianHolger Zechel
Makeup artist / hair stylistRosa Singhofen
Makeup artist / hair stylistSylvia Reusch
ProducerIra Beetz
ProducerJens Afflerbach
Delegate producerJan Philip Lange
ProducerAlexandra Georgi
Production designerIris Trescher
Assistant production designerKatharina Zerr
Prop masterFalko Lewandowski
Location scoutAndrea Giesel
Line producerJens Freels
Line producerJan Philip Lange
Production managerMelanie ClausenNDR/arte
Production managerAndrea Giesel
Assistant production managerNikolas LangeJunifilm
Production driverMerle Burgenger
ScreenwriterAnnette Baumeister
ScreenwriterStefan Wilke
Boom operatorMarc Dauen
Commissioning editorUlrike DotzerNDR/arte
Editorial assistantJuliane KirchbergerNDR/arte

Production companies

Story House Productions [de]
Junifilm GmbH [de]
NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk [de]in cooperation
Arte [de/fr]in cooperation


Production ServicesEyewerk GmbH1. Kameraassistent / DataWrangler / Videooperator
Production ServicesOnkel Toms Hütte