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Margarethe von Trotta Revisited

Feminist pioneer of New German Cinema

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The feminist pioneer of the New German Cinema movement, Margarethe von Trotta, joins us as we screen three of her recently restored trailblazing films.

The first female director to win the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Margarethe von Trotta (1942-) has too often been overlooked as one of the key cinematic voices to come out of the New German Cinema movement, which counted Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog among its proponents.

Her wonderfully complex and outspoken female characters have inspired contemporary directors such as Jane Campion, Andrea Arnold, Lone Scherfig and Desiree Akhavan.

Often hailed as the world’s leading feminist filmmaker, she has never shied from engaging with social and political issues. The power of mass media, historical events, radicalisation and women’s rights have been central to her films since the politically turbulent 1970s.

Here we present three of her features in new digital restorations as Margarethe von Trotta joins us to discuss her work.


In association with the Independent Cinema Office, courtesy of Studiocanal and screening under the Vintage World Cinema banner. With thanks to the Goethe-Institute London.

The Personal is Political – Films by Margarethe von Trotta’ is a touring programme delivered by the ICO with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. Find out more here


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