The Medici Files

It is the largest-scale project in forensic medicine of all times. Together with leading scientists, family members and the latest CGI technique, we follow the Medici’s blood trail, offering a brand-new take on the dramatic intrigues and mysterious murders within the Medici family.

News

  • - "The Medici Files" – First broadcast on Arte

    It is the largest-scale project in forensic medicine of all times: An international group of scientists gets to the bottom [...]

    It is the largest-scale project in forensic medicine of all times: An international group of scientists gets to the bottom of the rumors about murder and intrigues within the Medici dynasty. With a top cast the two-part docudrama 'The Medici Files' brings to life the occurrences in Renaissance Florence. TV premiere on 16 February 2013 at 8.15 pm on Arte.


  • - "The Medici Files" on Terra X

    Our 2-part docudrama “The Medici Files” is edited once again for Terra X . The 43 minutes version with focus [...]

    Our 2-part docudrama "The Medici Files" is edited once again for Terra X . The 43 minutes version with focus on crime will be broadcasted mid-February on ZDF.


  • - "The Medici Files": start of re-enactment filming in Italy

    Under the Italian autumn sun we are filming the scenic elements of our two-part docudrama about unsolved murder cases and [...]

    Under the Italian autumn sun we are filming the scenic elements of our two-part docudrama about unsolved murder cases and conspiracies within the Medici dynasty. A great cast with German top actors Jana Pallaske, Alexander Beyer and Franz Dinda will make Renaissance Florence come alive.



The Medici Files

Dukes, art patrons and heroes or schemers, poisoners and assassins? We get to the bottom of the Medici myth and shed new light upon the compelling conspiracies and mysterious murders said to be have been committed by the rulers of Renaissance Florence.

An international team of paleopathologists, forensic scientists, anthropologists, and medical historians led by Prof. Donatella Lippi has set itself the task of clearing up the causes and circumstances of death within the Medici dynasty. It is the largest-scale project in forensic medicine of all times. We accompany this millennium task and gain groundbreaking and to date unpublished insights, which will re-write (medical) history. The latest CGI und 3-D techniques will visualize the stunning findings. This is the real ‘CSI Florence’!

The children of Cosimo I. are our key to the Medici’s history towards the end of the Renaissance. We will discover the so far untold stories of Cosimo’s children Francesco, Ferdinando, Pietro, Isabella and their cousin Dianora as well as the stories of their lovers, spouses and mistresses. Some of them were murdered – by their closest relatives themselves, incited by those or at least with their approving acceptance. Infighting and family honour play an important role in each case. High-quality recreations based on historically proven circumstances will bring to life the Medici’s complex biographies and the decisive events in the life of our main characters.

The Scientific Dimension
It is the scientists’ challenge that is of particular interest to this documentary. Along the storyline we will document the advancing exhumations and the scientific research conducted on the mortal remains leading us to unprecedented findings. We will accompany the difficult search for the identity of five female skeletons, which the research team has found in the crypt. Now, the scientists want to solve the mystery, if also the remains of Isabella and Dianora are to be found among the skeletons. We will document the genetic analysis and facial reconstructions which are to prove their relationship with the Medici dynasty. This will be realized by means of 3D-scans and other cutting-edge techniques, such as the creation of facial reconstructions based on oil-portraits by famous artists of the Renaissance era.

We will accompany Donatella Lippi’s team along their scientific work in the laboratory and on the very grave site. The most spectacular exhumation is yet to come: the last Medici, Ana Maria de Medici, is to be exhumed. We hold the exclusive rights to film this unprecedented opening of the grave and the following scientific researches, mainly conducted on site.

The project is under the patronage of the internationally renowned Reiss-Engelhorn Museums Mannheim – with its head Dr. Wilfried Rosendahl, a famous mummy expert. In interdisciplinary cooperation Rosendahl and Lippi join forces to resolve the last mysteries of the Medici.

THE MEDICI FILES has been realized for a screening in February 2013 when the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums, exclusive cooperation partner of Gebrueder Beetz, present the spectacular insights of the Medici Project in a grand-scale exhibition including state-of-the-art 3D animations and cross-media marketing.

Francesco I. de' Medici: Alexander Beyer
Isabella de' Medici: Jana Pallaske
Ferdinando I. de' Medici: Franz Dinda
Bianca Cappello: Ela Paul
Johanna von Österreich: Annette Lober
Paolo Orsini: Gerhard Wittmann
Cosimo I. : Martin Maria Abram
Troilo Orsini: Ricardo Angelini
Dianora de' Medici: Sarah Hannemann

director: Judith Voelker
authors: Judith Voelker / Alexander Hogh
contribution: John Kantara, Ina Kessebohm, Cordula Stadter
cinematography: Dirk Heuer, Marc Riemer, Michael Kern, Reiner Bauer, Torben Müller, Günter Berghaus
camera assistant: Dariusz Brunzel
camera assistant documentary: Freya Glomb, Armin Siegwarth, Bea Müller
sound: Peter Kautzsch
first gaffer: Günter Berghaus
costume design: Helen Nordmann
make-up artist: Mike Reinecke
set design: André Barthel, Kay Kulke
set design assistant: Verena Kaupert
property master: Cora Geissler
service-production South Tyrol: Philipp Moravetz, Anna Wenter
film editor: Jens Greuner, Christoph Senn
technical supervisor/assistant editor: Malte Hadeler
composer: Nils Kacirek
graphic design: Stefan Matlik
set and production manager: OnnO Ehlers
set and production assistant: Bettina Kinski
production supervisor: Sandra Zentgraf
script editing: Ira Beetz, Birgit Tanner (Terra X)
Producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler
executive producer: Reinhardt Beetz
commissioning editor: Dr. Peter Allenbacher (ZDF/arte), Claudia Moroni (ZDF/Terra X)
scientific advice:
Donatella Lippi (University of Florence), Wilfried and Gaëlle Rosendahl (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen), Davide Baldi (archive research Florence)

Kooperation

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    16 February 2013 at 8:15 pm

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    02 November 2014 at 1:20 pm

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    04 December 2014 at 9:15 pm

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    11 December 2014 at 9:15 pm

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    03 January 2015 at 2:15 pm

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    05 February 2015 at 12:45 pm

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