Margarethe von Trotta may not be a name that will roll of many cinephiles tongues. She Was the first female director to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. She made some of the most trailblazing films over the past five decades. The Personal Is Political: Four Films By Margarethe von Trotta will celebrate four of those films and Studiocanal has released a Trailer, check it out…
Along with Independent Cinema Office, Studiocanal is to offer audiences a chance to (re)discover her work when a season of her films. All newly restored in 4K* and little seen since their original release.
Von Trotta’s wonderfully complex and outspoken female characters have undoubtedly inspired those taking centre stage in films by contemporary directors such as Jane Campion, Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay and Lone Scherfig. One of the most gifted – but often overlooked – directors to emerge from the New German Cinema movement at the same time as Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog – von Trotta has never shied away from topics that resonate with contemporary lives and provoke revolutionary discussion. The power of mass media, historical events, radicalisation and women’s rights, have all been visible elements in her films since the politically turbulent 1970s.
The four films that are screening in this mini-season represent the best of New German Cinema and von Trotta’s remarkable talent in portraying how the personal is political. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (co-directed with Volker Schlöndorff) is a stinging commentary on individual freedom and media manipulation that is as relevant today as it was back in 1970. The Second Awakening of Christa Klages is based on a true story of a young mother who robbed a bank to raise funds for her daughter’s day-care centre. In Rosa Luxemburg, the eponymous philosopher and socialist is brought alive by von Trotta’s long-time regular actor Barbara Sukowa (Fassbinder’s Lola). And The German Sisters tells the real-life story of the Enslein sisters in a prescient and intimate story of Germany in the 1980s, still reeling from the Nazi Years.
The Personal Is Political: Four Films By Margarethe von Trotta films will embark on a nationwide tour starting as early as this month, continuing through December and January. Studiocanal will release Rosa Luxemburg on their Vintage World Cinema label in February 2019.
For a list of the Cinemas showing these films head over to The Independent Cinema Office for details.Powered by Sidelines