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

Event: 02.05.2012| 8:15 pm | Das Erste

"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.

Picture: Markus Fenchel

Cast & Crew


Anna Oeller


SWR, Degeto and BR/Das Erste

Commissioning Editors

Michael Schmidl und Manfred Hattendorf (SWR)


Jo Baier, based on the novel by Hermann Hesse


Jo Baier

Director of Photography

Wedigo von Schultzendorff


August Zirner, Heike Makatsch, Herbert Knaup, Oliver Stokowski, Margarita Broich, Robert Spitz and Annette Paulmann

Line Producer

Gilbert Moehler

Unit Production Manager

Sylvia Binder

Set Design

Christian Strang

Costume Design

Esther Amuser


Brigitte Dettling


Claus Wehlisch