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HIS MAJESTY NEEDS SUNSHINE

Germany's last emperor liked to indulge in the leisurely pleasures his status afforded him. The Berliners quickly found a new meaning for the acronym I.R. (Imperator Rex): "immer reisefreudig", "always ready to hit the road." The emperor loved to sail the Mediterranean or Nordic Fjords on his yacht or to take the royal entourage across the empire to "represent." And his travels were well documented, first in photographs and later on film. "His Majesty needs sun" his aides would demand, because good weather means good pictures. Peter Schamoni approaches this "most brilliant failure in world history", as his cousin King George V called him, by focusing on the torn and struggling individual more than on the military fanatic. When he was crowned in 1888 he sincerely believed to have received the crown by the grace of God. He was the exact opposite of his liberal father Emperor Friedrich III and retained his authoritarian convictions until his death in exile in 1941.

Awards
2000 Bayerischer Filmpreis – Beste Produktion (Peter Schamoni)