Marianne & Juliane

Local title
Marianne ja Juliane
Original title
Die bleierne Zeit
Director
Margarethe von Trotta
Country
Germany
Year
1981
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
PÖFF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Genre
/mängufilm/

The breakthrough film of the solo career of  this year’s Black Nights Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Margarethe von Trotta takes us to West Germany in the 1970s: Juliane meets her sister Marianne, who has been living underground due to a conviction for a terrorist arson attack. The two are close to one another, but increasingly do not see eye to eye. Not long afterwards, Marianne is arrested; Juliane’s visits to her mostly end acrimoniously. In 1977 Marianne dies in a prison cell; Juliane refuses to believe the official version of events, which claims her sister committed suicide. She wants to expose the truth.

Margarethe von Trotta took her inspiration for "Marianne and Juliane" from the life of RAF terrorist Gudrun Ensslin and her sister Christiane. This is one of the works with which Von Trotta established herself as one of the leading voices of the New German Cinema movement in the 1970’s. It also marked the first time in the history of Venice international film festival when the Golden Lion went to a film directed by a woman.

The film’s screening will be preceeded by an award ceremony where Simone Baumann (German Films) accepts the award on behalf of Margarethe Von Trotta, who couldn’t travel to Estonia due to the epidemological situation.

Director
Margarethe von Trotta
Screenwriter
Margarethe von Trotta
Cast
Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler
Producer
Eberhard Junkersdorf
DoP
Franz Rath
Editor
Dagmar Hirtz
Runtime
Language
German, Italian

Screenings

Hall 7 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening100501 / Marianne ja Juliane
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration