Das Gelübde

  • 92'
  • Germany
  • 2007
In 1818, writer Clemens Brentano went to Dülmen in Prussian-ruled Westphalia to chronicle the visions of stigmatized nun Anna Katherina Emmerick. Brentano stayed there for six years, until her death, producing tomes in which documentation becomes pensée, file fiction, observational tract. Times were heady - a nation called Germany was in the making, the scent of revolution filled the air. But: what kind of revolution, and to create what kind of Germany?
Prussian enlightenment in its protestant dourness clashes with a down-to-earth, flesh-and-bones catholic radicalism over the shape and soul of a nation that shall prove to be never whole, never at ease and peace with itself. Which means that Das Gelübde is not only the story of a most unusual meeting, but also a brooding conspiracy thriller whose subtext - about the use and abuse of religion in politics - is only too timely. One of Graf's most outstanding works.
Director
Dominik Graf
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
92'
Medium
35mm
International title
The Vow
Language
German
Production Companies
Colonia Media Filmproduktions GmbH, WDR
Sales
Global Screen GmbH
Screenplay
Markus Busch, Dominik Graf
Cinematography
Michael Wiesweg
Editor
Claudia Wolscht
Production Design
Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer
Sound Design
Guido Zettier
Music
Sven Rossenbach, Florian van Volxem
Cast
Mišel Maticevic, Tanja Schleiff