Director: Margarethe von Trotta Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung

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Margarethe von Trotta, one of the most celebrated female directors in the German cinema, pays homage to another remarkable woman in this screen biography of 12th century Renaissance woman Hildegard von Bingen. Hildegard (Barbara Sukowa) came to live at the Disibodenberg abbey when she was a youngster, and grew up under the watchful but compassionate eye of Jutta the Holy (Mareile Blendl). In her teens, Hildegard became a nun and was known among her peers for her generous nature and desire to help others; she developed a talent for formulating herbal medicine as well as gift for composing music, and after three decades she was selected to become a magistra at the abbey. Hildegard was born during a time when women were expected to serve and not to preach, but she fearlessly began speaking to others about her religious visions, which she used as a vehicle to share lessons in faith in a manner that circumvented the rules. Hildegard also fearlessly denounced the violent self-abasement that was common among holy men and women of her day, believing that a faith born of kindness and devotion was more valuable than that which came from fear and pain. While Hildegard won may friends through her work, she also gained more than a few enemies, and while some denounced her for not restricting herself to the traditional role of a woman in the church, others contended that her holy visions were not the work of the Lord, but of the Devil. Vision was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2011
UPC: 0795975113434
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: Zeitgeist Films
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 34,656

Special Features

Telluride film festival tribute and Q&A with director Margarethe Von Trotta by actress Barbara Sukowa and professor Annette Insdorf; Writer Gary Giddins' Telluride interview with Von Trotta; A conversation at the Goethe-institut New York, with von Trotta and writer Robert Boyers ; Original U.S. theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Sukowa Hildegard von Bingen
Heino Ferch Actor
Hannah Herzsprung Actor
Alexander Held Actor
Lena Stolze Actor
Mareile Blendl Actor
Sunnyi Melles Actor
Paula Kalenberg Actor
Salome Kammer Actor
Annemarie Düringer Actor
Christoph Luser Actor
Devid Striesow Actor

Technical Credits
Margarethe von Trotta Director,Screenwriter
Esther Amuser Costumes/Costume Designer
Hubartus Bath Sound Mixer
Heike Bauersfeld Production Designer
Christian Baute Co-producer
Axel Block Cinematographer
Richard Bolz Production Manager
Michael Busch Sound/Sound Designer
Corina Dietz Editor
Jochen Fenzl Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Gerlach Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Heyne Score Composer
Jeanette Latzelsberger Makeup
Hengameh Panahi Executive Producer
Kerstin Sattmann Makeup
Sabine Schroth Casting
Ursula Welter Costumes/Costume Designer
Markus Zimmer Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen
1. A New Day [10:26]
2. The Magistra [7:21]
3. Observation and Instruction [6:20]
4. The Living Light [5:32]
5. Church Outrage [7:13]
6. Sister Richardis [11:27]
7. "The Elements Can Turn Against Us" [5:27]
8. Pure of Heart [7:59]
9. "Ora Et Labora" [8:01]
10. Cloister Rupertsberg [5:44]
11. Ordo Virtutum [6:42]
12. Moments of Weakness [10:43]
13. Barbossa Palace [3:28]
14. "Your Work Is Not Complete" [6:22]
15. End Credits [3:50]

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Vision 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
EraCG More than 1 year ago
Its not what I expected. But the actors are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ray-Venn More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous in every way. No matter what you believe, you have to believe in Hildegard.
EliEli More than 1 year ago
Well done movie about the life of Hildegard Von Bingen.