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Vision -- The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run counter to the patriarchal world around her. The monks and nuns at the convent become a kind of family, offering both confidants and enemies. For example Jutta, struggling with her jealousy of Hildegard's success, and the young Richardis who worships Hildegard both as an intellectual role model and a mother figure.

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Writer:
Margarethe von Trotta (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 September 2009 (Germany) See more »
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The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A woman a thousand years ahead of her time, bringing light to the Dark Ages See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Barbara Sukowa ... Hildegard von Bingen

Heino Ferch ... Mönch Volmar

Hannah Herzsprung ... Richardis von Stade
Lena Stolze ... Jutta
Alexander Held ... Abt Kuno
Sunnyi Melles ... Richardis' Mother
Paula Kalenberg ... Klara

Devid Striesow ... Kaiser Friedrich Barbarossa
Annemarie Düringer ... Äbtissin Tengwich
Mareile Blendl ... Jutta von Sponheim
Christoph Luser ... Hartwig von Bremen
Salome Kammer ... Sängerin
Wolfgang Pregler ... Bischof von Mainz
Joseph von Westphalen ... Bernhard von Clairvaux
Stella Holzapfel ... Hildegard (8 jahre)
Nina Siebertz ... Jutta (8 jahre)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katinka Auberger ... Nonne Bertha (uncredited)
Matthias Brenner ... Baumeister (uncredited)
Peter Ender ... Mönch 2 (uncredited)
Stefanie Friedrich ... Zusätzliche Nonnen (uncredited)
Ruzica Hajdari ... Nonne Adelgard (uncredited)
Otto Kukla ... Vater Hildegard (uncredited)
Martin Liema ... Junger Mann Kapelle (uncredited)
Vera Lippisch ... Nonne Gundhild (uncredited)
Julia Littmann ... Mutter Hildegard (uncredited)
Charlotte Mednansky ... (uncredited)
Dagmar Sachse ... Nonne Gerhild (uncredited)
Tristan Seith ... Mönch 3 (uncredited)
Dietz Werner Steck ... Mönch 1 (uncredited)

Nicole Unger ... Nonne Ursula (uncredited)
Susanne von Medvey ... Nonne Barbara (uncredited)

Directed by
Margarethe von Trotta 
 
Writing credits
Margarethe von Trotta (screenplay)

Produced by
Christian Baute .... co-producer
Hengameh Panahi .... executive producer
Manfred Thurau .... line producer
Markus Zimmer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Christian Heyne 
Hildegard von Bingen 
 
Cinematography by
Axel Block 
 
Film Editing by
Corina Dietz 
 
Casting by
Sabine Schroth 
 
Production Design by
Heike Bauersfeld 
 
Art Direction by
Volker Schäfer 
Margarethe von Trotta 
 
Costume Design by
Ursula Welter 
 
Makeup Department
Gregor Eckstein .... special makeup effects artist
Kerstin Stattmann .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Richard Bolz .... production manager
 
Art Department
Klaus Bienen .... carpenter
Nane Cornelius .... property master
Marlene Foltyn .... scenic artist/sculptor
Nele Jordan .... draftsman
Joachim Monninger .... construction coordinator
Sybille Spindler .... assistant to production designer
Katja Trambow .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Michael Busch .... sound
Jochen Fenzl .... sound designer
Michael Gerlach .... sound designer
Monika Gussner .... adr editor
Magda Habernickel .... dialogue editor
George Hapig .... foley artist
Hubertus Rath .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Christian Burggraf .... Systemadministration: CA Scanline Production
Meike Deutscher .... mattepainting: CA Scanline Production
Andreas Frickinger .... compositing artist: CA Scanline Production
Jasmin Hasel .... VFX Producer: CA Scanline Production
Finlay Hogg .... compositing artist: CA Scanline Production
Michael Scheffler .... Systemadministration: CA Scanline Production
Sepp Sonntag .... mattepainting: CA Scanline Production
Nadine Thomas .... compositing artist: CA Scanline Production
Mortimer Warlimont .... vfx set supervisor
Bjoern Wortmann .... Projektkoordination: CA Scanline Production
Kai Woytke .... Compositing Supervisor: CA Scanline Production
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Snezana Anastasijevic .... first assistant camera
Rudi Kurth .... key grip
Bernd Spauke .... still photographer
Daniel Weber .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Burkhard Eick .... casting: bit parts and extras
Delia Eick .... casting: bit parts and extras
Gregor J. Weber .... casting: bit parts and extras
 
Editorial Department
Jonas Heicks .... assistant editor
Meike Weimann .... colorist
 
Music Department
Barbara Sukowa .... soprano
 
Other crew
Josef Brandmaier .... bank services
Djamila Holland .... production assistant
Martin Knoll .... digital laboratory supervisor
 
Thanks
Michael Schmid-Ospach .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen" - Germany (original title)
"Vision: From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen" - USA (literal English title)
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Runtime:
110 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:G (Ontario/Quebec) | Germany:12 (f) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:All | USA:Unrated

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Anachronisms: In church the language at the time of Hildegard was Latin. The priests/monks would have spoken everything in Latin.See more »

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8 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A woman a thousand years ahead of her time, bringing light to the Dark Ages, 29 November 2010
Author: reviewsbywomen from United States

Woman's Work is Never Done - This movie, a true story about an unstoppable12th century woman who advanced theology, philosophy, music and women's rights is interesting and informative. Hildegard von Bingen rose above the men around her to forge changes. The oppressive patriarchal atmosphere in which she functioned is almost tangible. The prevailing religious mood of 12th c. Germany is so vividly portrayed as to sting the senses, and underlines the importance of Hildegard's opposition. She preached love and refused to endorse the harsh religious practices of the day. Mercy was better than sacrifice she said, and she was passionate about the right to self-determination. The movie captures this pure emotional passion, (not sexual), by its brilliant casting and fine acting.

The film "Vision, from the Life of Hildegard von Bingen," written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta, is an inspiration, and we are grateful she brought the accomplishments of this woman to the screen. Barbara Sukowa in the title role convincingly portrays the commitment of a woman compelled to live out her destiny.

This is an opportunity to learn about a woman a thousand years ahead of her time. Living within the walls of the Benedictine order, Hildegard von Bingen accomplished so much in so many areas of life, and the history of the whole era comes to life in this film, much like the history of John Keats' era came to life in "Bright Star." The powerful insights von Bingen received from her visions of God are shown being recorded in manuscripts by her male secretary - Volmar sympathetically played by Heino Ferch. The healing powers of her music are witnessed in the film and remain available for all to enjoy today, but what a treat to see it all happen in Technicolor in 2010 in America.

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