Narcissus and Goldmund

by Stefan Ruzowitzky

Based on the bestseller by Nobel Prize in Literature-winning author Hermann Hesse. From the director of the Academy Award-winning THE COUNTERFEITERS.

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 / Language / Length
Drama / German / 110 minutes
Original title
Narziss und Goldmund
directed by
Stefan Ruzowitzky (THE COUNTERFEITERS)
director of photography
Benedict Neuenfels
screenplay by
Stefan Ruzowitzky (THE COUNTERFEITERS)Robert Gold
produced by
Tempest Film, Mythos Film, Lotus Film in co- production with Deutsche Columbia Filmproduktion
  • Jannis Niewöhner (4 KINGS)
  • Sabin Tambrea (LUDWIG II)
  • Trailer

Press Quotes

"A touching tale about an unbreakable friendship."

"Superb Hollywood-style narrative cinema."