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Hannibal Rising (2007)

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Hannibal Rising is a horror film and the fifth film of the Hannibal Lecter franchise. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Red Dragon. The film is an adaptation of Thomas Harris’ 2006 novel of the same name and tells the story of Lecter’s evolution into a cannibalistic serial killer.

The film was directed by Peter Webber from a screenplay by Harris, and stars Gaspard Ulliel as the title character with additional roles played by Gong Li, Rhys Ifans and Dominic West. Filming took place at Barrandov Studios in Prague. It was produced by the Dino De Laurentiis Company and was released in France on February 7, 2007, and in Italy, United Kingdom, and the United States on February 9, 2007.

In 1941, eight-year-old Hannibal Lecter lives in Lecter Castle in Lithuania. The German invasion of the Soviet Union turns the Baltic region into part of the bloodiest front line of World War II. Lecter, his younger sister Mischa, and their parents travel to the family’s hunting lodge in the woods to elude the advancing German troops. After three years, the Nazis are finally driven out of the countries soon to be re-occupied by the Soviet Union. During their retreat, however, they destroy a Soviet tank that had stopped at the Lecter family’s lodge looking for water. The explosion kills everyone but Lecter and Mischa. They survive in the cottage until five former Lithuanian militiamen, led by a Nazi collaborator named Vladis Grutas, storm and loot it. Finding no other food in the bitterly cold Baltic winter, the men look menacingly at Lecter and Mischa. Then, the soldiers kill and eat her.

Director: Peter Webber

Writers: Thomas Harris (screenplay & novel)

Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Rhys Ifans, Li Gong, Aaran Thomas, Helena-Lia Tachovská, Richard Leaf, Dominic West

Cast:

Aaran ThomasYoung Hannibal
Gaspard UllielHannibal Lecter
Li GongLady Murasaki (as Gong Li)
Helena-Lia TachovskáMischa Lecter
Richard LeafFather Lecter
Dominic WestInspector Popil
Rhys IfansVladis Grutas
Michelle WadeNanny
Richard BrakeEnrikas Dortlich
Martin HubLothar
Ingeborga DapkunaiteMother Lecter
Kevin McKiddPetras Kolnas
Joerg StadlerBerndt
Stephen WaltersZigmas Milko
Ivan MarevichBronys Grentz
Timothy WalkerSS Major
Goran KosticKazys ‘Pot Watcher’ Porvik
Charles MaquignonPaul The Butcher
Denis MénochetChief of Police
Radek BrunaRadio Operator
Ota FilipLecter Cook
Vaclav PacalGerman Sergeant (as Václav Pácal)
Seon RogersTank Commander
Jaroslav PsenickaTank Crewman
Pavel KratkyTank Crewman
Petr HnetkovskýTank Crewman (as Petr Hnetkovsky)
Toby AlexanderMonitor
Ladislav HamplMonitor
Joe SheridanHeadmaster
Dominique BettenfeldChef
Jos HoubenSerge
Nancy BishopMarielle
Zdenek DvoracekButcher Brother
Mirek NavratilButcher Brother (as Miroslav Navratil)
Vladimír KulhavýVegetable Dealer
Jan NemejovskýMortician
Václav ChalupaMortician’s Assistant
Martin HancockPolygraph Operator
Tomás PalatýPopil’s Assistant
Matthew Blood-SmythFirst Policeman
Jaroslav VíznerOnlooker
Hugh RossProfessor Dumas
Elsa MollienFemale Student
Linda SvobodováFemale Student (as Linda Svobodova)
Paul RitterPrisoner Louis
Robert RussellPrison Doctor
Ivo NovákRussian Soldier
Dalibor PavelkaRussian Soldier
Todd KramerDesk Officer
John EarlyDrunken Man
Dmitrij MatusDorlich’s Desk Sergeant
Brian CaspeSneaky Officer
Vitezslav BouchnerHeadwaiter
Beata Ben AmmarAstrid Kolnas
Robbie KayKolnas’s Son (as Robert Kay)
Vanesa NovakovaKolnas’s Daughter
Marek VasutCaptain
Milos KulhavyTattooed Thug
Pavel BezdekDieter
Veronika BellováFirst Woman Captive
Marko IgondaMueller
Lana LikicMaid
Petra LustigováEva (as Petra Lustigova)
Michal HavelkaSecond Policeman
Jiri SubrtHercule

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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