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German literary lion's menage-a-trois premieres at Berlinale

Published on Feb 9, 2014 6:31 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - A lush period drama about one of Germany's most treasured writers and his 13-year-long menage-a-trois with two beautiful sisters premiered Saturday at the Berlin film festival.

Friedrich Schiller, an 18th century national hero whose work is still taught to every German school pupil, is depicted in the big-budget production Beloved Sisters as an idealist whose Romantic notions of freedom and individualism apply to love as well.

The nearly three-hour-long picture by veteran director for film and television Dominik Graf is one of four German contenders for the festival's Golden Bear top prize to be awarded on February 15.

Schiller makes the acquaintance of the penniless aristocrats Charlotte and Caroline while he is still a rising literary star in the shadow of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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