Barbara Sukowa in
Margarethe von Trotta’s
Presented in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Luxemburg’s birth, as part of a sidebar tribute to Barbara Sukowa to mark the release of her latest film, TWO OF US.
(1986, Margarethe von Trotta) Portrait of Polish-born Marxist revolutionary and internationalist Luxemburg (1871-1919) follows her years with the too-moderate-for-her German Social Democratic Party, her fiery opposition to the first World War, and her creation of the Spartacus League (the later German Communist Party). Originally to be directed by Fassbinder, Von Trotta took over the project after his death, and started from scratch with her own scrupulously-researched screenplay. Frequent collaborator Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt, Vision, etc) won Best Actress awards at Berlin and Cannes for her performance, which captures Luxemburg's physical frailty, uncompromising nature, and the personal warmth that brought a deep humanity to her politics. Approx 118 min. In German with English subtitles.
A JANUS FILMS RELEASE
Virtual Cinema program supported by the Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation.
“[Sukowa's performance is] tender and passionate... [It] heats up as it unfolds, becoming electrifying in its final third.”
– Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
“[Sukowa is] utterly splendid, conveying a delicate mixture of strength and vulnerability.”
– Time Out
“Miss von Trotta's film, with a fine, soberly intelligent performance by Barbara Sukowa, is a first-rate introduction to an extremely complicated personality.”
– Vincent Canby, The New York Times