FIPRESCI 90 Platinum Award: Margarethe von Trotta

Margarethe von Trotta. At the Bari International Film Festival (Italy, March 21-28, 2015), FIPRESCI celebrated its 90th anniversary with a series of masterclasses and award ceremonies dedicated to Alan Parker, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Costa-Gavras, Ettore Scola, Andrzej Wajda, Edgar Reitz and Nanni Moretti.

And to Margarethe von Trotta.

Motivation. “Tonight, the Award for the 90th Anniversary of FIPRESCI goes, for the first and unique time among these great masters in Bari, to a female film director:

Margarethe von Trotta

She has already been awarded by our Federation in 1981 for her unforgettable and revolutionary “Marianne & Juliane”, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Our award acknowledges a great film director, and a great woman alike. First with her 30 films as an actress, and then with her 24 movies as a screenwriter and director, she insistently managed to dominate the entire landscape of German cinema (and the Italian too), until she became one of the most active and relevant filmmakers in the world.

Beginning forty years ago, her career captured the international audience with movies such as “Sisters or The Balance of Happiness”, “Sheer Madness”, “Rosa Luxemburg”, “Love and Fear”, “The Long Silence”, “The Promise”, “Rosenstrasse”, “Visions”, and her latest success, “Hannah Arendt”.

An unyielding, accurate and sharp director, whose universally awarded opus is the main proof of the necessity to have more and more female directors — not only to help build a richer and more complex cinema, but also for a better world.”

Photo: Klaus Eder, Margarethe von Trotta, Enrico Magrelli, Alin Tasciyan.