‘Contemporary perspectives on Margarethe von Trotta’ (by Christina Newland)

If the passing of the beloved Agnès Varda this year has taught us anything, it’s that there is immeasurable joy in bringing the resilience, wisdom, and work of veteran female filmmakers to a younger generation – especially while those veterans are alive to enjoy it. In 2019, looking at the reputation of West German filmmaker… Continue reading ‘Contemporary perspectives on Margarethe von Trotta’ (by Christina Newland)

‘Being useful is a form of willing slavery…’ (by Lucy Reynolds)

It is Juliane, the principal figure in Margarethe von Trotta’s film The German Sisters (Die Bleierne Zeit,1981), who makes this barbed riposte to her sister Marianne, when the latter, committed to revolutionary violence, shares her fervent wish to ‘serve mankind’. Juliane’s remark appears double-edged: she means to talk sense into a zealous younger sister bent… Continue reading ‘Being useful is a form of willing slavery…’ (by Lucy Reynolds)

Introduction (by Catharine Des Forges, ICO)

One of the most exciting things about contemporary cinema exhibition is the range of new curatorial voices and stories being told across cinema screens of all kinds.  At the Independent Cinema Office, we have played our part in encouraging those voices and facilitating their expression – and it’s imperative that we do that. Despite the… Continue reading Introduction (by Catharine Des Forges, ICO)