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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2018

NARCISSUS AND GOLDMUND, directed by Academy Award-winner Stefan Ruzowitzky (THE COUNTERFEITERS), is the film adaptation of literature Nobel Prize-winner Hermann Hesse’s bestseller. First released in 1930, the novel has been translated into more than 40 languages and has inspired generations ever since.

In the dark Middle Ages young unruly Goldmund is sent to a monastery by his father to atone for the sins of his mother who abandoned them. It is there that he meets Narcissus, a brilliant, scholarly novice, who is introverted and aloof. A unique and deep life-long friendship is born. Narcissus chooses to remain detached from the world in prayer and meditation. Goldmund, who is passionate, sensual and impulsive, runs away from the monastery to live a picaresque wanderer's life, his amorous and artistic adventures leading him to discover the extremes of both ecstasy and pain. Several thrilling years pass, until one day these friends cross paths again…
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky
Screenplay Stefan Ruzowitzky, Robert Gold
Cast Jannis Niewöhner, Sabin Tambrea, André M. Hennicke, Sunnyi Melles, Henriette Confurius, Elisa Schlott, Emilia Schüle, Jessica Schwarz, Matthias Habich, Georg Friedrich, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Kida Khodr Ramadan
Producers Helge Sasse, Christoph Müller, Tommy Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn
Co-Producers Martin Bachmann, Eva van Leeuwen
Production Companies Tempest Film, MYTHOS FILM, Lotus-Film, in co-production with Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion , in association with MIA FILM
Format color
Original Version
Shooting Dates August-October 2018
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Board, German Motion Picture Fund, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, ÖFI, FISA, Vienna Film Fund, Land Niederösterreich, ORF (Film/Fernseh-Abkommen)

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