1918, Piave. Klaus Schneider is wounded on his head. His doctor, Bettelheim discovers that the lance sergeant is able to provoke hypnosis and this could be exploited for the purpose of healing. Captain Nowotny, a former director of variety wants to take advantage of the ability of Schneider in show programs and he takes him to Vienna. Schneider here achieves ever greater success under the name Hanussen. He goes to Berlin with his escort and becomes the Prophet there.
Cannes Film Festival – selected for competition; Oscar Awards – nominated for Best Foreign Language Film; European Film Awards – nominated for Best Actor; Golden Globes – nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.