From the life of Hildegard von Bingen
A film by renowned New German Cinema director Margarethe von Trotta
Starring Barbara Sukowa. In German with English subtitles. 2010
Thursday 13 September at 11am at Simon’s Town museum
Booking required: tel 021 786 3046
PLEASE NOTE This film will be screened daily at 2.15 and 6.15pm
from Friday 31 August to Thursday 6 September
At Labia on Orange. Book with Labia on 021 424 5927
Superbly rendered and deeply absorbing religious drama
– Los Angeles Times
Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time.
A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist,
herbalist and ecological activist.
In a staggering performance, Barbara Sukowa brings this extraordinary woman to life:
her fierce determination to expand responsibilities of women within the order, even as she fends off outrage from some in the Church over the visions she claims to receive from God.
Lushly filmed in original medieval cloisters of the fairy-tale German countryside, Vision is a profoundly inspirational portrait of a woman who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change and enlightenment.
Ms Sukowa’s passionate performance brings this multi-faceted character to incandescent life!
– Wall Street Journal
The director Margarethe von Trotta
One of Europe’s preeminent film directors for more than three decades, Margarethe von Trotta (Rosa Luxemburg, The Promise) was born in Berlin 1942. In Paris, where she moved after high school, Von Trotta immersed herself in film culture and became a major fixture of the New German Cinema, acting in early films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Gods of the Plague, Beware of a Holy Whore) and collaborating closely with her ex-husband Volker Schlöndorff, with whom she co-directed the 1975 political drama The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, before helming her first feature three years later. In 1981, Von Trotta won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Marianne and Juliane, about two idealistic sisters caught up in the tumult of ’68-era social revolt (one is a feminist journalist, the other joins a terror cell), the first time the top prize had gone to a female director since Leni Reifenstahl won “the Mussolini Cup” for Olympia in 1938. Since then, she has directed more than 15 feature films that touch on themes of sisterhood, strife, and personal acts of resistance.
Exploring Consciousness regularly screens new films on the last Sunday of every month at the Labia on Orange in Cape Town, and also at the Simon’s Town museum on some Thursday mornings at 11am.