Margarethe von Trotta is a German filmmaker whose career began during the famed New German Cinema period. Her films tend to take significant historical and political moments as backdrops to more emotional investigations, particularly between complex, well-drawn women characters. These films include The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Marianne and Juliane, Sheer Madness, Rosa Luxemberg, and Rosenstrasse.
This is also true of her latest work, a biopic of famous writer and political theorist, Hannah Arendt. Margarethe premiered the film at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where we were lucky to convene at our studio space hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U in order to discuss it in relation to her career as a whole.
This interview was first published in June of 2013.