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Section: Director in Focus: Margarethe von Trott
Country: Germany 
Year: 1981


Die bleierne Zeit

106 min, color

Director Margarethe von Trotta Screenplay Margarethe von Trotta, Pamela Katz Cinematography Franz Rath Editing Dagmar Hirtz Music Nicolas Economou Cast Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rudiger Volger, Doris Schade, Verena Rudolph, Luc Bondy, Franz Rudnick, Julia Biedermann, Ina Robinski, Patrick Estrada-Pox

In the film, Von Trotta depicts the two sisters Juliane (Christine) and Marianne (Gudrun) through their friendship and journey to understanding each other. Marianne and Juliane was von Trotta's third film and solidified her position as a director of the New German Cinema.


Marianne and Juliane also marked the first time that von Trotta worked with Barbara Sukowa. They would go on to work on six more films together.

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Margarethe von Trotta

Margarethe von Trotta (born 21 February 1942) is a German film director who has been referred to as a "leading force" of the New German Cinema movement. Von Trotta boasts an impressive body of work that has won her awards all over the world in the last forty years. She was married to and collaborated with director Volker Schlöndorff. Although they made a successful team, von Trotta felt she was seen as secondary to Schlöndorff. Subsequently, she established a solo career for herself and became "Germany’s foremost female film director, who has offered the most sustained and successful female variant of Autorenkino in postwar German film history." Certain aspects of von Trotta’s work have been compared to Ingmar Bergman’s features from the 1960s and 1970s.


Von Trotta has been called "the world’s leading feminist filmmaker." The predominant aim of her films is to create new representations of women. Her films are concerned with relationships between and among women (sisters, best friends, etc.), as well as with relationships between women and men, and involve political setting. Nevertheless, she rejects the suggestion that she makes "women’s films".




2015 Die abhandene Welt

2012 Hannah Arendt

2012 Never for Love (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)

2010 Die Schwester (TV Movie)

2009 Vision

2007 Tatort (TV Series) (1 episode)

2006 I Am the Other Woman

2004 The Other Woman (TV Movie)

2003 Rosenstrasse

2000 Jahrestage (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)

1999 Dunkle Tage (TV Movie)

1999 Mit fünfzig küssen Männer anders (TV Movie)

1997 Winterkind (TV Movie)

1995 Das Versprechen

1993 Il lungo silenzio

1990 L'africana

1988 Three Sisters

1988/I Felix (segment "Eva")

1986 Rosa Luxemburg

1983 Sheer Madness

1981 Marianne & Juliane

1979 Sisters, or The Balance of Happiness

1978 The Second Awakening of Christa Klages


1975 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum