German director, screenwriter and actress Margarethe von Trotta will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 35th European Film Awards.
Scheduled for Dec. 10 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the awards ceremony will pay tribute to von Trotta’s “unique contribution to the world of cinema.”
Born in Berlin, von Trotta grew up with her mother in the German city of Düsseldorf and began her career acting in theater and in films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. She went on to become one of the leading directors of European auteur cinema and made her directorial debut in 1978 with “The Second Awakening of Christa Klages”. Her credits include “Marianne & Juliane” which won the Golden Lion at Venice in 1981, “Sheer Madness”, which competed in Berlin in 1983, and “Rosa Luxemburg”, which premiered in Cannes in 1986 and was earned Barbara Sukowa the Best Actress award. . The film also received an honorary award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Von Trotta returned to Cannes in 1988 with “Love and Fear” and in 2018 with “Searching for Ingmar Bergman”. His 2003 drama “Rosenstrasse,” about the 1943 protest by non-Jewish wives and parents of Jewish men, won the Volpi Cup for Katja Riemann in Venice, followed by the Italian Golden Globe and another David di Donatello. as well as a nomination for the European Film Prize.
The revered filmmaker is also known for directing “Hannah Arendt,” a portrayal of the German-Jewish academic that won two German Film Awards and earned lead actress Barbara Sukowa a European Film Awards nomination. His latest feature “Bachmann & Frisch” traces the relationship between writers Ingeborg Bachmann and Max Frisch.
Von Trotta has already received the Honorary Dragon Award 2013 at the Gothenburg Film Festival and the Espiga de Honor 2018 at the Valladolid International Film Festival, among several laurels.