Narcissus and Goldmund
Available to Stream
From: Samstag, November 21, 7:00pm EST
To: Sunday, November 22, 11:59pm EST
Germany, 2020, 120 min., Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky, Screenplay: Stefan Ruzowitzky, Robert Gold, Cast: Jannis Niewöhner, Sabin Tambrea, Sunnyi Melles, Kida Khodr Ramadan, Emilia Schüle
Based on the 1930 novel Narcissus and Goldmund (Narziss und Goldmund) by Hermann Hesse.
In German with English subtitles.
Rating (suggested): R
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...
Stefan Ruzowitzsky is an Austrian director who won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for his movie Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters, 2007). He is also known for Die Siebtelbauern (The Inheritors, 1998) Anatomie (Anatomy, 2000) and Die Hölle (Cold Hell, 2017). Ruzowitzky studied drama and history at the University of Vienna. In the early years of his career he directed documentaries and commercials and also made music videos of noted artists such as N’Sync and Scorpions. More recently he directed the horror British film Patient Zero released in 2018 and episodes of the German Sci-Fi TV mini-series 8 Tage in 2019. His last film, Narziss and Goldmund (Narcissus and Goldmund), the adaptation of Hermann Hesse's famous novel, released in March 2020.