The story of Angelo, an African born in the 18th century and brought to Europe at the age of 10. Now a servant in the court of enlightened nobility, he skilfully employs his otherness to become an appreciated guest and attraction for the members of high society. Being close to the emperor, he decides to marry Magdalena, a young maidservant with whom he falls in love. On doing so, Angelo is inevitably shunned by the court. At the height of his prestige, he realizes that his otherness will never disappear, that he will never lead a normal life, and that he will always be an outsider. Based on true events.
Between 1994 and 2010, Markus Schleinzer worked as a casting director and was involved in the production of around seventy films, helmed among others by Jessica Hausner, Ulrich Seidl and Michael Haneke. His provocative first film as a director and screenwriter, Michael (2011), participated in the official competition at the Cannes Festival. In 2014 he co-wrote the script of Casanova Variations, by Michael Sturminger, which competed at the San Sebastian Festival. Angelo is his second feature as a director.