The first female director to win the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Margarethe von Trotta (1942-) is to thank for some of the most trailblazing films of the past five decades. One of the most gifted – but often overlooked – directors to come from the New German Cinema movement at the same time as Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog, we are delighted to be bringing von Trotta’s films back to the big screen for the recognition they deserve.
The three essential pieces of film history we’ve selected for our tour represent the best of New German Cinema and von Trotta’s exceptional talent in portraying how the personal is political. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum is a stinging commentary on individual freedom and media manipulation that still feels as topical as ever. The Second Awakening of Christa Klages is based on a true story of a young mother who robbed a bank in order to raise funds for her daughter’s day-care centre. And in Rosa Luxemburg, one of the most fascinating figures in modern European history is brought alive by von Trotta’s long-time regular, actor Barbara Sukowa (Fassbinder’s Lola).
Courtesy of Studiocanal and distributed under the Vintage World Cinema banner, with thanks to the Goethe-Institut London.
For more information on the film programme and to book the films, visit the ICO website here.