Ingeborg Bachmann - Journey Into The Desert

by Margarethe von Trotta

Ingeborg Bachmann - Journey Into The Desert


The remarkable and charismatic Ingeborg Bachmann has conquered the male dominated bastion of German-language literature with her poetry. Though still young, Ingeborg Bachmann is at the peak of her career when she meets the famous playwright Max Frisch. Their love is passionate, but professional and personal friction begins to disrupt the harmony. When Ingeborg is struggling, her friends are there to help, including Hans Werner Henze and the young Adolf Opel, a Viennese journalist and man of literature. They travel to the desert together. On this journey she finds a way back to herself and – above all – to her writing.


Margarethe von Trotta is a German director and scriptwriter who has been referred to as a "leading force" of the New German Cinema movement. She started her career as an actress for directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder und Volker Schlöndorff in the late 1960s but quickly gained interest in writing and directing feature films. In 1975, together with Volker Schlöndorff, she co-wrote and co-directed “The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum” (Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum) to critical acclaim. Two years later Margarethe von Trotta debuted her first solo feature film “The Second Awakening of Christa Klages” (Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages). In the following years she quickly became one of Germany’s leading female directors and an integral part of the German “Autorenkino”. Her films, which often centered around strong female protagonists and women in context of history, premiered at the most important international film festivals, such as Venice Film Festival, Festival de Cannes and Berlinale and were honored around the world (e.g. Golden Lion, German Film Award). In 2022 she received the European Cinema Lifetime Achievement Award.



2023 Ingeborg Bachmann - Journey into the Desert
2018 Searching for Ingmar Bergman
2017 Forget About Nick
2014 The Misplaced World
2012 Hannah Arendt
2009 Vision
2006 I Am the Other Woman
2003 Rosenstrasse
2000 Anniversaries
1999 Days of Darkness
1994 The Promise
1988 Three Sisters
1986 Rosa Luxemburg
1978 The Second Awakening of Christa Klages
1975 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum


Vicky Krieps as Ingeborg Bachmann
Ronald Zehrfeld as Max Frisch
Tobias Resch as Adolf Opel
Basil Eidenbenz as Hans Werner Henze


Director of Photography Martin Gschlacht
Production Design Su Erdt
Editor Hansjörg Weißbrich
Costume Design Uli Simon
Make-Up Artist Marc Hollenstein, Miriam Blank
Original Score André Mergenthaler
Original Sound Patrick Storck
Sound Design Jacques Kieffer, Gina Keller
Mix Michel Schillings
Casting Simone Bär, Lisa Olàh
Line Producers Christos Dervenis, Julian Berner, Sascha Verhey, André Fetzer
Producers Katrin Renz, Bady Minck, Bettina Brokemper, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu

Technical Data

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Format: DCP
Sound: 5. 1
Year: 2023
Original language: German, French, Italian
Country(ies) of production: Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Jordan, Italy
Production Companies: tellfilm GmbH, AMOUR FOU Vienna GmbH, Heimatfilm, Amour Fou Luxembourg
Co-production Companies: ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen / SRG SSR
Original Title: Ingeborg Bachmann - Reise in die Wüste

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