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Von Trotta shoots von Bingen

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Margarethe von Trotta started shooting on her new project, Visionen - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen, on October 7 in the Maulbronn Cloister in Baden-Württemberg.

As for Rosa Luxemburg (1986) and Rosenstrasse [+see also:
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(2003), von Trotta single-handedly wrote the script for her latest cinematic portrait of a historic woman, after years of research. The film centres on the fascinating Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th-century visionary Benedictine nun whose writings include works on a constantly changing world which are closer to modern physics than the rigid ideas of the Middle Ages. She also wrote some principles of alternative medicine and almost 80 symphonies.

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Von Bingen is played by Barbara Sukowa (Rosa Luxemburg), who stars alongside Heino Ferch (The Baader Meinhof Complex [+see also:
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), Alexander Held (Sophie Scholl - The Final Days [+see also:
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) and this year’s German Shooting Star, Hannah Herzsprung (Four Minutes [+see also:
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).

The film marks the third collaboration between Volker Schlöndorff’s former wife and producer Markus Zimmer. The latter managed production on Rosenstrasse for Herbert Kloiber’s Tele-München group then, in 2005, on I Am the Other Woman [+see also:
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for the group subsidiary, Clasart Film & Fernsehproduktion GmbH, who are also producing this latest film.

Distribution company Concorde – who will launch the film in autumn 2009 – are working with von Trotta for the sixth time. Visionen - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen is co-produced by ARD/Degeto and Paris-based Celluloid Dreams. The latter are also handling international sales.

The film received backing from the DFFF, the FFA and regional funds Filmstiftung NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia), FFF Bayern (Bavaria) and Hessen Invest. Shooting will continue in the MMC Studios in Cologne, the Eberbach Cloister (Hessen) and the Munich area, wrapping up in early December.

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(Translated from French)

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