Focus Country Germany. Ingeborg Bachmann - Reise in die Wüste


13th March 2024 | 06:30 PM
Stein Auditorium


Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Luxembourg

Biopic - drama

German with English subtitles
111 mins

Margarethe von Trotta

Festival And Awards

Berlin International Film Festival 2023 - Nominee, Golden Berlin Bear, Best Film; Seattle International Film Festival 2023: Nominee, Grand Jury Prize, Best Feature Film


She is Austrian, he Swiss; she is a poet, he a playwright; she is a daredevil yet vulnerable, he is adventurous but a little conservative. When Ingeborg Bachmann and Max Frisch meet for the first time in Paris in the summer of 1958, they are already international celebrities of the literary world. In the four years that follow, they dabble in great love and an open relationship between his hometown of Zurich and her adopted Rome. Frisch envies her fame; Bachmann finds his typewriter clatter and his jealousy annoying. She is emancipated, experiments with a liberated existence, is mobile and productive; in Berlin, she writes the famous speech: "The Truth is Bearable for Humankind". She only realises afterwards that she is suffering, and by how much – with Adolf Opel in the desert, and with Hans Werner Henze in Italy. Margarethe von Trotta interweaves the times before and after the catastrophe. Her direction is frank, sober and elegant. Ronald Zehrfeld as the corpulent, pipe-smoking Frisch and Vicky Krieps (in the role of another cult figure after Empress Sisi) are the perfect match. This film is not about Bachmann’s fatal end, but about her hopes for love and respect, in literature, and in life.

  • Cast

    Vicky Krieps, Ronald Zehrfeld, Tobias Resch, Basil Eidenbenz, Luna Wedler, Marc Limpach, Roberto Carpentieri, Katharina Schmalenberg, Bettina Scheuritzel, Nina Vorbrodt

  • Producer

    Katrin Renz (Tellfilm GmbH), Bady Minck (Amour Fou Filmproduktion GmbH (Wien), Bettina Brokemper (Heimatfilm), Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu (Amour Fou Luxembourg (Ettelbrück)

  • Screenplay

    Margarethe von Trotta

  • Cinematography

    Martin Gschlacht

  • Editing

    Hansjörg Weißbrich

  • Sound

    Patrick Storck

  • Music

    André Mergenthaler