Margarethe VON TROTTA
What really happened Rosenstrasse, a small street in Berlin sixty years ago? Rosenstrasse, based on historical fact hidden for about 50 years, is about women who made an astonishing achievement only by peaceful resistance. In New York City, Ruth Weinstein arranges a 30-day mourning period for her deceased husband in the orthodox Jewish fashion. The Loss of her husband leads to a mental trauma which had been suppressed for a long time, and Ruth’s daughter Hannah visits Berlin, seeking for her mother’s past. In Berlin, Hannah meets Lena Fischer, a 90-year old lady, and she tells the story about what happened in Rosensreasse 60 years ago.
In spring 1943, there was a camp for Jews that were ‘Aryans by marriage’ on the Rosenstrasse. Rosenstrasse shows strong, defiant women against the terror of racism, their bravery and bonding. A young Ruth, whose mother was imprisoned in the camp, chose Hannah, whose husband was put in the camp, as her second mother. They spent happy times as mother and daughter before Ruth moved to America. Like other ‘New German Cinema’ directors that disconnect themselves from their fathers’ generation in alliance with the Third Reich, so does von Trotta. In Rosenstrasse, however, she establishes a new women’s genealogy based on mother-daughter relationship that is either resistant against or victimized by the holocaust. (Kwon Eun-sun)
Margarethe VON TROTTAMargarethe VON TROTTA
Margarethe VON TROTTA is a renowned German director who started as a movie and theater actress, making her movie debut in Klaus LEMKE’s Firestarters. Her much-respected first directorial work was The Second Awakening of Christa Klages. She made several author films such as Sisters to the Balance of Happiness and Marianne & Juliane, which won the Golden Lion in Venice in 1981. In 2012 she received the honorary award of the Bavarian Minister President. VON TROTTA is currently working on a documentary about Ingmar Bergmann.