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Direct from the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival, Vicky Krieps shines as the remarkable and charismatic Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann in elegant drama Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey into the Desert.
Though still young, rebellious poet Ingeborg Bachmann (Krieps) is at the peak of her career when she meets the famous Swiss playwright Max Frisch (Ronald Zehrfeld) in Paris in the summer of 1958. Over the next four years across Zurich, Rome and Berlin their love is passionate, but professional and personal friction begins to disrupt the harmony.
When Ingeborg struggles, her friends are there to help, including composer Hans Werner Henze (Basil Eidenbenz) and the young Adolf Opel (Tobias Resch), a Viennese journalist and man of literature. So, when Adolf invites her to join his upcoming journey to Egypt, she happily accepts. It is on this journey that she reignites her spirit and finds her way back to her writing.
Following a non-linear structure and featuring beautiful landscapes, this stylish biopic from veteran Margarethe von Trotta (Searching for Ingmar Bergman, Hannah Arendt) delves into the hopes, dreams and loves in the literature and life of Ingeborg Bachmann.
OFFICIAL SELECTION (In Competition) and NOMINEE (Golden Bear) – Berlin International Film Festival 2023
"Krieps, who not only switches effortlessly between German, French and Italian...but makes her constant inner turmoil feel both real and painful."
- The Hollywood Reporter
Tuesday 2nd May
Vicky Krieps, Ronald Zehrfeld, Tobias Resch
Margarethe von Trotta
German, French, Italian with English subtitles
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