10/10/2018.- German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta will receive an Honorary Spike during the Opening Gala of Seminci’s 63rd edition. The connection between von Trotta and Valladolid’s “Film Week” dates back to over a quarter century ago when she landed in the 26th edition (1981) with Die bleierne Zeit (Marianne and Juliane), which earned her a special mention by the Jury.
Margarethe von Trotta (Berlin, 1942) is considered one of the leading figures of the so-called New German Cinema. Her extensive filmography bears witness to her talent in combining politics and personal experience while foregrounding the role of women. Such skill was borne out by films like Hannah Arendt (2012), where the protagonist (Barbara Sukowa) embodied the filmmaker’s anxieties and political concerns. The movie won the 57th edition’s Silver Spike.
Von Trotta began her career as a stage actress. In this capacity she was hired by film directors like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Herbert Achternbusch. She worked as a screenwriter in several films directed by her former husband, the German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff, with whom she also co-directed the film adaptation of Heinrich Böll’sThe Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, which screened in the Valladolid Festival’s 21st edition. After her debut solo film, The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978), she directed movies that were sometimes controversial, like Rosa Luxemburg (1986) or Vision (2009).
The German film auteur managed to develop her own cinematic style characterised by a great emotional depth which moreover reaches out to broad audiences. Von Trotta has worked for both cinema and television, having achieved success also in Italy, her second homeland, with films like Marianne and Juliane (Golden Lion at the 1981 Venice Festival) and Rosenstrasse (Coppa Volpi for Best Actress, 2003). In 2015 she again directed Barbara Sukowa in The Misplaced World. Two years later, two women would again become her main characters in Forget About Nick (2017).
Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018), a documentary feature that probes into the suggestive world of the Swedish filmmaker and screenwriter by focusing on his involvement in his own creative work and engaging contributions by other outstanding filmmakers, will screen out of competition in the Official Section.