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Margarethe von Trotta Interview (Hannah Arendt)

Margarethe Von Trotta

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.

By Christopher Heron

Christopher Heron is one of the co-founders of The Seventh Art. He's conducted over 60 long-form interviews for the publication, and his written work includes numerous video essays, investigating formal traits in films and filmmakers. He received his MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, where his work explored cinematic representations of urban space with special attention paid to the films of Pedro Costa and Tsai Ming-liang.