Rosenstrasse (2003)

MARGARETHE VON TROTTA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Germany/The Netherlands, 2003.  , , .  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Powerful true story about a group of non-Jewish German women who held vigil outside the detainment centre where their Jewish husbands were being held for seven days in the cold Berlin winter of 1943. One particular woman () is of aristocratic background and uses whatever powers she has at her disposal to get her husband freed, before he and those being held with him are deported to concentration camps, and most certainly, to their deaths. Decades later she relates her story to a young woman () who has come to Germany from New York to find out more about her mother’s past, her mother having been saved as a little girl by Riemann but now, in her old age, is unwilling to tell her daughter anything about her past. Margarethe von Trotta’s strong direction pushes this excellent film forward, aided by heartfelt performances and a lack of gross sentimentality. The period details are particularly excellent, and the film will be greatly appreciated by fans of Aimee And Jaguar and Downfall.

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Actress (Katja Riemann)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2003

Venice Film Festival AwardBest Actress (Katja Riemann)

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