Bernardo Fernandez (based on
the scenario "Der Herr klagt über sein Volk in der Wildnis Amerika"
by Tankred Dorst und Ursula Ehler based on the novel "The Scarlet
Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne)
century puritanical America.
A small hamlet engulfed by wilderness. A woman, Hester Prynne,
is set in a pillory and must wear a scarlet "A", as
punishment for bearing a child out of wedlock and not divulging
the name of her child's father. Pride and love make the scorn
of the puritanical citizens bearable.
An older stranger arrives, recognized by Hester, but unknown
to others as her missing husband. He poses as a doctor, watching
Hester and searching out the identity of her lover ...
And now, through time, a story crystallizes in which a place
of birth, and freedom, confront one another like two enemies.
"A story which, on the surface, has nothing
to do with 'his' themes, becomes for the first time, without
alterations, the center of all Wenders' movements in a glance."
- Peter Buchka