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Festival in Media
Section: Director in Focus: Margarethe von Trott
Country: Italy /Germany/France
Year: 1993


Zeit des Zorns

98 min, color

Director Margarethe Von Trotta Screenplay Felice Laudadio Cinematography Marco Sperduti Editing Nino Baragli, Ugo De Rossi Music Ennio Morricone Cast Carla Gravina, Jacques Perrin, Alida Valli, Ottavia Piccolo, Agnese Nano, Antonella Attili, Giuliano Montaldo, Paolo Graziosi, Ivano Marescotti, Franco Recantesi

Margarethe Von Trotta's agonizingly up-to-the-minute political thriller, "The Long Silence," is a devastating depiction of a society almost in the grip of anarchy. Poignant and grim, film nevertheless ends on a note of muted optimism. It's a story of a couple. A husband, Marco is an investigating judge on the verge of prosecuting senior government ministers and businessmen for corruption and arms trafficking. A wife, Carla is a successful gynecologist who is wracked with fear for her husband's safety. Pic's first half beautifully depicts the scary, restricted lifestyle of the couple for whom a trip to a favorite restaurant is a logistical nightmare. As Marco turns up more and more evidence, through an informer held in a secret place, his life is constantly threatened via anonymous phone calls.

Bioskop Film
Evento Spettacolo
K.G. Productions
Union P.N.
International sales:
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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".




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