THE SECRET OF THE ARK | 2011

RTL EVENTMOVIE 

with Stephan Luca, Julia Molkhou, Jean Yves Berteloot, Michael Gwisdek, Hilmi Sözer, Fahri Yardim, Tayfun Bademsoy, Friederike Kempter, Sonsee Neu, Waldemar Kobus and many more

Screenplay | Arne Sommer based on the novel by Richard Hayer 
Producer | All in Production, BETA Film 
Network | RTL 

SYNOPSIS

What was really on Noah’s ark? Animals? Or something unimaginable, something foreboding that can bring death to whoever seeks the answer? Appalled by the murder of a colleague – an ark expert –professor Sörensen sends his trusty, daredevil nephew Robert to investigate. But the killers are waiting and ambush Robert, who just barely manages to escape with a photo of a medieval “Plague Madonna” and an ancient Armenian text. Robert must now find Sörensen’s Armenian student Anahit to help decipher the text.
Anahit, however, is still on board a research ship in the Mediterranean where she has just made a sensational discovery: the wreck of a crusader ship that was allegedly transporting one of the most important relics of the Middle Ages, the “Eye of God.” The crew salvage a large jewel-encrusted stone, but it brings them no luck. That night, their ship is attacked, the relic stolen, and the entire crew – save for Anahit, who hid herself – decimated by a mysterious virus that surfaced from the ocean floor with the precious relic.
In Istanbul, Robert and Anahit join forces to seek the treasure, with the killer commando hot on their heels. The pair flee to Yerevan, where Anahit decrypts the ancient text, a travel log penned by the artist who painted the “Plague Madonna.” It says that there is a second “Eye of God” which, if brought together with the first, could unleash a catastrophe of biblical proportions – a second flood, the plague! Behind the murders and attacks is the secret, sinister “Brotherhood of Mercy,” which has absolutely no mercy when it comes to their dark designs. As the deadly virus – the Black Death – begins to spread, Robert and Anahit must find and destroy the second “Eye” to prevent Armageddon.

Shot with an exceptional feeling for exotic locations in Turkey’s Central Anatolian region and Istanbul, as well as in Italy, Germany and the Mediter- ranean, director Tobi Baumann has crafted a superior action-adventure film based on Richard Hayer’s top- selling novel „Visus“ („provokes goose- bumps and speculations,“ wrote the press). The international cast features Stephan Luca, one of Germany’s hottest actors, and upcoming French star Julia Molkhou in the lead roles, alongside Jean-Yves Berteloot (The Da Vinci Code) and Michael Gwisdek (Good Bye, Lenin!).
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