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The German Sisters (15)

19 February

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Based on the real life story of the Enslein sisters, this is the purest expression of Margarethe von Trotta’s combination of the personal and the political. Two sisters take diverging paths to emancipation in West Germany. Juliane is a feminist journalist, arguing for abortion rights; Marianne is a terrorist revolutionary in a Baader-Meinhof type group. As Marianne’s political activism begins to take a personal cost, Juliane is torn between her politics and her need to protect her sister and her family. But when Marianne is imprisoned, Juliane is forced to confront the realities of the harsh power of the state. 

Showing the reverberations of the Nazi years on Germany in the 1980s, The German Sisters is as searching on a personal level as it is intelligent about the politics and costs of revolution. Von Trotta’s first collaboration with her muse Barbara Sukowa (who she would make the centre of six more of her features) was selected by Ingmar Bergman as one of his favourite films of all time. New Digital Restoration

With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery

£6 ticketsTuesday 19 February (18.15)
  • Director Margarethe von Trotta
  • Cast Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler
  • Certificate 15
  • Running time 1h46m
  • Country Germany
  • Language subtitles
  • Year of Production 1981
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