2009. Germany. Written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta. With Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung. Von Trotta’s feature charts the spiritual life of a most extraordinary woman, Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179), the Benedictine nun, composer, and healer whose humane counsel was sought by men of both religious and secular power. The superb Sukowa stars as Hildegard who, although forbidden as a woman to preach or interpret scripture, nevertheless through strength, grace, and devotion became a critical figure of her time—and is today among the most revered personages of the Middle Ages. In German; English subtitles. 111 min.
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