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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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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Outstanding Recreation of Medieval Religious Life--Best Since Name of the Rose 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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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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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding Recreation of Medieval Religious Life--Best Since Name of the Rose, 3 December 2010
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

Sometimes I muse: what if I woke up and found myself in the middle of the 12th century in Western Europe? What was life really like? The present film centering on one of the most "uppity" women of the Middle Ages, Hildegard von Bingen, takes you into the medieval world as few films do. As much as we often like to idealize the Middle Ages, particularly since the 19th century, the period was anything but ideal. Unlike today, people had few rights, and the powers-that-be could uplift or destroy almost at a whim. In the church, people with power used threats of persecution, usually in the name of heresy or blasphemy, which could result in excommunication and even execution as a means to reign people into modes of behavior which fit their desires and designs. Hildegard von Bingen was one of the few people who stood up to these forces and refused to bow to unreasonable demands easily.

Hildegard was remarkable because she was a woman who challenged predominantly male authority during an age when women wielded very little political influence outside of noble circles. Some queens did have some authority in political realms, but an abbess of a monastery making requests and even demands of bishops and other nobles was almost unheard of. An abbess had authority within her cloister but rarely outside. Typically abbesses were expected to be completely obedient to the local abbot and bishop, following their orders without question on bended knee. But Hildegard was not afraid to vocalize her desires and even her frustrations in front of very powerful forces. She is famous for having visions and claiming communication with God, an assertion which infuriates the local church leaders, who contest that such claims are an insult to the prophets of scripture. Why should God single her out and give her insight not given to bona fide holy people of the Bible? However, she wins favor with one of the bishops who allows her dialogs to be transcribed. Another aspect of Vision, like Name of the Rose, concerns the beautiful medieval books.

The 12th century was markedly different from modern society today but I think there were aspects more similar than we like to acknowledge. If we take a peak behind the curtain of castles and cathedrals, we see the same human desires and weaknesses we all share, which I think is one of the points of Vision. A large part of the film involves Hildegard's attachment to a young novice nun, Richardis, and the relationship becomes closer than even one of mother and daughter. Unfortunately, political and ecclesiastical power threatens the relationship, and not even Hildegard has enough influence to stop it.

The present film is a wonderful tribute to one of the most remarkable figures of the Middle Ages. Barbara Sukowa offers a tour-de-force performance as the medieval abbess who defied convention during an age when non-conventional voices were often silenced, and sometimes violently. The scenes appear to have been shot in real medieval churches and castles which brings the viewer into the 12th century in a way very uncommon in most cinema which depicts these times. Although the 12th century is now 800 to 900 years away, the atmosphere is strangely familiar. Although details about everyday life would probably be unbearable for most of us in the modern age, such as the darkened candle-lit rooms and the constant threat of illness, many desires and fears which permeated life then are not unlike today. High-ranking officials often sought power while there were others who simply wanted to love and be loved and find the best means possible to bring this into being. People in the Middle Ages were still human beings.

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