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Margarethe VON TROTTA
Toronto International Film Festival 2009 Program Note
A child of a wealthy German family, Hildegard is handed over to a Benedictine Monastery from the age of 8. Taught in the arts of herbal medicine, reading and writing by her mentor Jutta, she quickly excels in all. When Jutta dies, Hildegard is horrified by evidence of selfflagellation on her body and vows to change the ways of the order. Composer, scientist, doctor, writer, poet, mystic, philosopher, politician, ecological activist... A woman ahead of her time. Hildegard’s musical, literary and philosophical works are still loved today and her influence in holistic medicine is growing.
From The Lost Honor Of Katharina Blum, Rosa Luxemburg, The German Sisters to The Women Of Rosenstrasse, Margarethe von Trotta always talked about real stories of women in struggle. In her new biographic movie Vision, she again talks about a real woman called Hildegard von Bingen, a sister who lived in the middle ages. Hildegard was a truly talented woman with a tremendous amount of expertise as a nature scholar, scientist, philosopher, medical botanist, composer, painter, and writer in the 12C, a dark age for women. In other words, Hildegard was a herald at that time marching forward with extreme velocity. Margarethe von Trotta, however, brings more focus on Hildegard as a feminism activist and ‘mother’ sister with courage and decision, rather than displaying her talents or accumulating achievements. Vision sheds light on the process of finding her own place with her exceptional talents of seeing divine revelation in the totally male dominant society, which was completely occupied by aristocrats and Catholic power. Trotta’s inquisitive mind about women’s bonds is revealed by the close and sometimes painful mother-daughter relations repeatedly seen between Hildegard and other nuns in the nunnery. It seems inevitable that Trotta, who always pictured strong and progressive woman in history, chose Hildegard at this time when her psychosomatics and medical botany along with her interest in environment are drawing special attention. (KWON Eun-sun)
Toronto International Film Festival 2009
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.