The Quad celebrates the work of German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta in conjunction with her new documentary Searching for Ingmar Bergman
After coming of age in post-WWII Berlin and studying art, Margarethe von Trotta followed her burgeoning cinematic interests to France, where she immersed herself in the films of the French New Wave of the early 1960s and flourished among fellow cineastes. She returned to West Germany to raise a family and be part of what she hoped was a German New Wave, initially as an actress. But her own creative instincts would take hold, as would the impulse to be the change that she wanted to see—namely, be a female filmmaker in a country short on them. Von Trotta began collaborating with husband Volker Schlöndorff on screenplays and then as an assistant director and finally as a co-director before making her own films and later forsaking acting altogether. Her films increased serious representation of women’s stories while engaging with overtly political material, and in depicting the nature of female identity and multi-faceted relationships between women, von Trotta never shied away from tough emotional terrain. This retrospective spans a decade to encompass her first half-dozen movies as director, which extended the renaissance of the German film industry into the 1980s—and in providing dramatic banquets for some of the country’s best actresses.
Titles include: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Marianne & Juliane, and Rosa Luxemburg. Full lineup and schedule to be announced.