Margarethe VON TROTTA
What is the meaning of writing history? And how does it happen? Who watches whom and elucidate? This film is based on the real story of Gudrun Ensslin, a female terrorist who stood still in the vortex of ‘Autumn of 1977 in Germany’ and her elder sister Christiane Ensslin, who tried to understand Gudrun and her political actions from the perspective of a women living in the same age. Telling the story of the sisters with electric tension and heartbreakingly beautiful emotions, this film tries to give feminist answer to the long-unsolved question of writing history.
The film portrays the relationship of the two sisters: Marianne, an extreme left-wing terrorist, becomes politically active about the third world problems. She is imprisoned for terror attack and died there. The government reports that she committed suicide in prison. Meanwhile, Julliane, a chief editor of feminist magazine, is also in active on feminist issues such as leading demonstration for pro choice groups about abortion. For her sister’s son Jan, she confronts an imperative duty to find ‘another way of writing’ about her sister in history as a revolutionist, not as a criminal. By telling the story of the two sisters, this film analyzes the inner workings of post-war German society, hidden by numerous lies and concealments, The German Sisters marvelously explores the possibility of ‘another way of history writing’.
Sisters’ hands: these hands never stop caring each other even in anger. These hands understand and remember the sisters’ embodied experiences. Memories, deeply engraved and vividly living in these hands, lead us to another stratum of history unknown to the male ones. (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.