[People, there’s no imdb entry for this film. I didn’t think it was possible, but it’s true. I think a little part of me died when the imdb failed me that way…]
Der Wille der Sterne (I think the original title might be Un gesto di coraggio. Or it might be the Italian title and the German is the original… honestly, without the imdb, I’m kinda lost. The English translation, in any case, is mine and from the German title) is a movie about Cecco d’Ascoli by Piero Maria Benfatti [who doesn’t have a really meaningful imdb entry either*], starring Tobias Moretti, Robert Stadlober, Remo Girone, Gianni Musy and Toni Bertorelli.
Cecco (Tobias Moretti) came from Bologna to Florence and quickly finds himself in the favour of the local duke when he predicts the defeat of Louis IV via horoscope. His subsequent promotion galls Dino del Garbo (Remo Girone) who was supposed to get the job in the first place. Since Dino had already worked with Cecco in Bologna and had already accused him of heresy there, he quickly hatches a plan to accuse him again. Cecco is locked away while an inquisitor (Toni Bertorelli) sits in trial over him. Cecco strikes up a friendship with his cellmate Paolo (Robert Stadlober) which might yet be his biggest mistake.
The film suffers from a small budget, a rather bad script and a pretty talentless director. That the cast isn’t all bad is unfortunately not enough to save much.