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Section: Director in Focus: Margarethe von Trott
Country: Czechoslovakia /West Germany
Year: 1986


Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg

118 min, color

Director Margarethe von Trotta Screenplay Margarethe von Trotta, Pamela Katz Cinematography Franz Rath Editing Dagmar Hirtz, Galip Iyitanir Music Nicolas Economou Cast Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander

Wronke Prison, 1916. Social democrat Rosa Luxemburg faces a mock execution. Twenty years earlier, Rosa's political gifts are acknowledged by everyone, as she struggles for democratic government in Germany and revolution in Poland. There she works closely with Leo Jogiches. Their political activity creates some difficulty for their personal relationship... As international tensions rise, Rosa makes speeches denouncing war and militarism. She seems too radical for her fellow Socialists. She meets Karl Liebknecht. When World War I begins, Rosa and Karl are united in opposition...

Bioskop Film
Ceskoslovenský Filmexport
Filmové studio Barrandov
Pro-ject Filmproduktion
Regina Ziegler Filmproduktion
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
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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