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Hermann Hesse: The Return (Hermann Hesse: Die Heimkehr)

Drama 2011 to 2012 Das Erste
Photo: Markus Fenchel

"The Return" is about the search for a sense of belonging and for security, the power of normality and exclusion. And it is an unexpected and delicate love story that will prevail against all prejudices. The lead character, August Staudenmeyer, is a wealthy businessman who has made his fortune abroad, before returning to his hometown Gerbersau in the Black Forest. He hopes to make a home there after being expelled from the city in his youth. At first, August is accepted with open arms, because his prosperity promises a financial upswing for the town. But when he takes up with widow Katarina Endriss, who has been excluded by her fellow citizens, August realizes that the narrow-mindedness of the town’s residents has not changed at all.

8:15 pm Das Erste
Broadcast Date

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer
SWR, Degeto und BR/Das Erste
Commissioning Editor
Michael Schmidl und Manfred Hattendorf (SWR)
Jo Baier, nach der gleichnamigen Erzählung Hermann Hesses
Jo Baier
Director of Photography
Wedigo von Schultzendorff
August Zirner, Heike Makatsch, Herbert Knaup, Oliver Stokowski, Margarita Broich, Robert Spitz und Annette Paulmann
Line Producer
Gilbert Moehler
Unit Production Manager
Sylvia Binder
Set Design
Christian Strang
Costume Design
Esther Amuser
Brigitte Dettling
Claus Wehlisch

Executive Producer