Margarethe VON TROTTA
“I lie here alone and in silence, enveloped in the manifold black wrappings of darkness, tedium, unfreedom, and winter - and yet my heart beats with an immeasurable and incomprehensible inner joy, just as if I were moving in the brilliant sunshine across a flowery mead... When I search my mind for the cause of this joy, I find there is no cause and can only laugh at myself... and at all times and in all places, you would be able to see the beauty and joy of life.” In this letter to Sophie Liebknecht from prison in 1917, Rosa Luxemburg confesses the jouissance of life filled in her inner world.
Rosa Luxemburg is a revolutionist who always acted and resisted being fatalist, while she never denied love, rapture and fascination. She had a severe limp due to a bone marrow tuberculosis at 5. She was born to be a Jew in Poland that was divided into three territories by Russia, Germany and Austria and she was exiled in Switzerland and Germany at an early age. Her life as an alien was always in the thicket of hardship but her will to live never let her down. We meet Rosa Luxemburg, one of the most amazing, strongest female revolutionists the history knows, in von Trotta’s film. Life and death of ‘Red Rosa’, revitalized in Barbara Sukowa’s face and voice, have resplendence and tranquility of cold, blue sea under the scorching sun. “I wish I can end my life in my position, on the street of battle, or in prison.” Revolution, now and here, is still an unfinished project. (Kim Young-ok)
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.