Friday, 16 September 2011


Kra­bat, a Ger­man fan­tasy novel by Otfried Preußler, was first pub­lished in 1971 with an Eng­lish trans­la­tion, The Satanic Mill, avail­able from 1972 before being repub­lished in 2000 as The Curse Of The Dark­ling Mill. It’s also the basis of the pop­u­lar 1978 ani­mated fea­ture The Sorcerer’s Appren­tice (Karel Zeman). Thirty years passed before a live-action ver­sion saw the light of day, but now Kra­bat And The Leg­end Of The Satanic Mill is avail­able in the United King­dom. Will it cast a spell over its audi­ence or be a mas­ter of hocus-pocus?

Medieval Europe has been dev­as­tated by the Thirty Years War. Kra­bat (David Kross), a 14-year-old orphan, trav­els from vil­lage to vil­lage, beg­ging to sur­vive. Life is relent­lessly grim, until Krabat’s dreams lead him to a remote mill.
The mas­ter of the mill offers Kra­bat a deal he read­ily accepts, work­ing for food and shel­ter, slowly being drawn into a world of magic and dark arts. His new found pow­ers are intox­i­cat­ing, but fel­low appren­tice Tonda (Daniel Bruhl) warns him to leave.
As more secrets are revealed, the mood becomes men­ac­ing and Kra­bat decides escape is the only answer. By enlist­ing the help of a girl unaware of the power of the dark mill can he elude the forces of Evil, or is it already too late? Will the power of love ever sup­press the power of black magic?
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