THE EPIC OF CHARLEMAGNE
A 90-minute documentary written by Emanuele Arioli
Charlemagne ruled over Europe in the 8th century during a long reign of forty years. Despite his ultimate failure, his heroic feats and those of his companions gave France its first great epic in history. This epic served to legitimize the royal dynasties of France and Germany, as well as the Crusades in the Holy Land and the Iberian Reconquista. Through the accounts of conquistadors, it crossed oceans. Today, Charlemagne remains an iconic hero in the Brazilian deserts, the mountains of the Canary Islands, and certain African islands. How did this legend reach these remote places? And why does it continue to resonate there? Constructed as an investigation, unraveling reality from imagination, this film will take viewers across three continents and a millennium of history.