MUFF x Goethe Institut: Margarethe & Barbara
Our friends at Goethe Films have programmed yet another wonderful female-focused film program and have been rad enough to let us co-present again!
This time it’s all about New German Cinema director Margarethe von Trotta and actress Barbara Sukowa. This duo have been working together for over three decades, portraying women who think, question, and rebel.
Margarethe & Barbara will kick off on October 3rd and 5th with Marianne & Juliane (1981) and Rosa Luxemburg (1986), respectively, and will close off with Hannah Arendt (2012) the week after on October 12th. Learn more about each film and its screening below.
Want to win a pair of tickets to one (or all) of these fantastic screenings? Enter the appropriate ticket giveaway form(s) at the very bottom of this page (please note there is a separate form for each film screening) for your chance to win!
October 3, 6:30pm: Marianne and Juliane (1981)
Introduced by lead actress Barbara Sukowa
Marianne and Juliane are sisters growing up in post-war West Germany, as the country moved from austerity to plenty but remained a place of repression and denial of its recent past. During the 1960s, both women fight for social change, each in her own way: Juliane as a pro-abortion campaigner, Marianne by joining a terror organization. When Marianne dies suddenly in a high-security jail, Juliane dedicates herself to uncovering the true circumstances of her sister’s death. A story of political resistance and personal loss.
October 5, 6:30pm: Rosa Luxemburg (1986)
At the beginning of the 20th century, German revolutionary and agitator Rosa Luxemburg became the most outspoken advocate for humanitarian Marxism and a symbolic figure of the workers' movement. Trials, imprisonment and political upheavals characterized the last years of her life, until her assassination in 1919. This dramatization of her life and political struggles poignantly explores the inner motives for political action, civil courage and the pursuit of justice.
October 12, 6:30pm: Hannah Arendt (2012)
Introduced by NOW Senior Entertainment Editor Susan G. Cole
In April 1961, German-Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt left her New York exile for Jerusalem to report on the trial of Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann for The New Yorker. Her writing became enormously controversial for its depiction of both Eichmann and the Jewish leadership, and for its introduction of the concept of the “banality of evil”. Making use of original film footage from the trial, as well as real testimony from survivors and prosecutor Gideon Hausner, this biographical drama captures Arendt at one of the most pivotal moments of her life and career.
All screenings are 18+ and will take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) in Toronto. You can find more information here.
We’ll see you there!