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FELIX

Director: Margarethe von Trotta; Christel Buschmann; Helke Sander; Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Christel Buschmann; Helke Sander; Helma Sanders-Brahms; Silvo Lahtela; Margarethe von Trotta
Director of Photography: Franz Rath; Frank Brühne; Martin Gressmann; Mike Gast
Cast: Ulrich Tukur; Barbara Auer; Eva Mattes; August Zirner; Eva-Maria Hagen
Country, Year of production:
D, 1987
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy; Drama; Romance

Felix is the lucky guy who meets one astonishing woman after the other. But something is always missing. The kind of love Felix dreams of is hard to come by. He has to admit more women mean more fun, but they can´t take the place of the one who has just walked out on him, the one he simply can´t get out of his head. The film tells the story of Felix in four different episodes.

GERMAN SISTERS, THE [BLEIERNE ZEIT, DIE]

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay: Margarethe von Trotta
Director of Photography: Franz Rath
Cast: Luc Bondy; Carola Hembus; Jutta Lampe; Verenice Rudolph; Doris Schade; Barbara Sukowa; Rüdiger Vogler
Country, Year of production:
D, 1981
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; History

Two women in Germany, two sisters, born in the years of war, grown up during the 'leaden times' of the fifties, commit themselves to the new times by joining the political movement of '68. They do it in very different ways and thereby end up as adversaries. While Juliane, the older of the two, applies herself pragmatically to make step-by-step changes as the editor of a women's magazine, Marianne joins the political underground to achieve these goals. Years later, when Marianne gets caught and imprisoned, the emotional bond between the sisters is renewed by Juliane's frequent visits of Marianne in prison. During a vacation in Italy with her boyfriend, Juliane learns of Marianne's death. The official findings call it a suicide. The sorrow relating to the death of her sister and the strong ...

PROMISE, THE [VERSPRECHEN, DAS]

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay: Margarethe von Trotta; Peter Schneider
Director of Photography: Franz Rath
Cast: Meret Becker; Tina Engel; Jean-Yves Gautier; Corinna Harfouch; Hans Kremer; Eva Mattes; Otto Sander; August Zirner; Anian Zollner
Country, Year of production:
D; F; CH, 1995
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Romance

THE PROMISE begins in East Berlin in 1961, shortly after the building of the wall. Sophie and Konrad are planning to escape into the West together, burrowing under the city through the sewers. Sophie makes it but Konrad, spotted by an army truck, stays behind. From this moment, the lives of the two lovers are changed forever. In almost thirty years, Sophie and Konrad are to see each other only four times. The first is in Prague, where Konrad, now an astrophysicist, is sent to make a presentation at a scientific conference. reunited, the lovers discover that nothing has changed between them and Sophie is delighted to discover that she is pregnant. Although she wants to return with him to East Berlin, Konrad insists she remain in the West, under the mistaken impression that he will be ...

ROSA LUXEMBURG

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay: Margarethe von Trotta
Director of Photography: Franz Rath
Cast: Adelheid Arndt; Karin Baal; Jan Biczycki; Jürgen Holtz; Hannes Jaenicke; Daniel Olbrychski; Otto Sander; Doris Schade; Barbara Sukowa
Country, Year of production:
D, 1986
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Biography; History

FREEDOM IS ALWAYS THE FREEDOM OF DISSENTERS. (Rosa Luxemburg) Polish-jewish by birth, but naturalized a German by a marriage of convenience, she played a prominent role at the turn of the century: as journalist, as political leader, as author of theoretical writings propagating a democratic socialism with a human face, and making the German Social Democratic Party her life's work. But her radical political views soon began to discomfort her comrades. In 1914 Rosa Luxemburg the pacifist no longer accepted the party line. However, RED ROSA followed her chosen path - one which often led her to prison. And she was no less principled and uncompromising in her friendship and her loves. She separated from Leo Jogiches, the lover who betrayed her, despite the pain she felt at giving up her dream ...

SECOND AWAKENING OF CHRISTA KLAGES, THE [ZWEITE ERWACHEN DER CHRISTA KLAGES, DAS]

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay: Margarethe von Trotta; Luisa Francia
Director of Photography: Franz Rath
Cast: Tina Engel; Friedrich Kaiser; Marius Müller-Westernhagen; Silvia Reize; Peter Schneider; Katharina Thalbach
Country, Year of production:
D, 1978
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

Three women: Christa, who has robbed a bank to help a children's day care center out of their financial dire straits. Lena, who was Christa's hostage and the only person who could identify her. And finally Ingrid, in the secure loneliness of her marriage and condominium, who renews her old friendship with Christa and almost succeeds in finding a new meaning of life. It is a story of desperation and courage that stimulates so many things; a story of escape, which almost signifies salvation; a story of returning and resignation, that teaches Lena that denouncement would only bring punishment to a single person, but nothing more - not even saving a poor children's day care center...

SHEER MADNESS [HELLER WAHN]

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay: Margarethe von Trotta
Director of Photography: Michael Ballhaus
Cast: Agnes Fink; Hanna Schygulla; Peter Striebeck; Angela Winkler; Wladimir Yordanoff
Country, Year of production:
D; F, 1982-1983
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

On the one hand, there's Olga. A very independent and confident woman, surrounded by many people and nestled by their attention and affection. On the other hand, there's Ruth. She is afraid of people and seeks refuge in museums where she copies the paintings of the Great Masters - in black and white. Both of these very different women meet up with each other, get to know each other and become friends. The power that is generated by their friendship frightens the men in their surroundings and makes them anxious. All of them feel threatened; one loses his nerves.

SISTERS, OR THE BALANCE OF HAPPINESS [SCHWESTERN ODER DIE BALANCE DES GLUECKS]

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay: Margarethe von Trotta
Director of Photography: Franz Rath
Cast: Heinz Bennent; Rainer Delventhal; Agnes Fink; Jessica Früh; Gudrun Gabriel; Jutta Lampe; Konstantin Wecker
Country, Year of production:
D, 1979
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

The two sisters, Maria and Anna, have been dependent on each other from early childhood and Maria, an efficient top secretary, pays for her sister's university education. But Maria is the more dominant character and gradually she drives Anna, a shy sensitive girl and one unable to adjust to the pressures of a competitive society, into suicide. Maria suppresses both her grief and her feeling of guilt. She is convinced that no human being is irreplaceable and so she adopts Miriam, a lively young typist from her office. She gives her board and lodging and sponsors her language lessons. The domestic pattern is re-established and gradually Maria tries to push her companion into the role vacated by her sister. But Miriam is not like Anna. She overcomes Maria's domination, packs her bags and ...