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The Personal is Political The Films of Margarethe Von Trotta

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.

Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg is Margarethe von Trotta’s remarkable biopic of one of the most fascinating figures in modern European political history. Having fought for women’s rights and to revolutionise the state in early 20th century Poland and Germany, the Marxist revolutionary Luxemburg (1871-1919) formed the famous Spartacist League, later the Communist Party of Germany before, after a failed uprising, she was murdered in Berlin aged 47.
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The German Sisters

The German Sisters is justly considered one of the classics of New German Cinema, telling a prescient and intimate story of Germany. Based on the real life story of the Enslein sisters, this is the purest expression of Margarethe Von Trotta’s combination of the personal and the political.
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