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Pamela Katz is best known for the dramatic historical films she's written in collaboration with the legendary director Margarethe von Trotta: Rosenstrasse, about German civilian resistance to Hitler, The Other Woman, about the Stasi Romeos in former East Germany, and Hannah Arendt, portraying a German émigré’s controversial encounter with the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.  

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HANNAH ARENDT

Director: Margarethe von Trotta. Starring Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch, Axel Milberg, Nicholas Woodeson, and Ulrich Noethen. Dramatic film based on Hannah Arendt’s controversial encounter with Adolf Eichmann.  

AWARDS

 

  • Best Screenplay Lola nomination, German Academy Awards (Deutscher Filmpreis)

  • Silver Lola for Best Film

  • Lola Award for Best Actress

  • Guild Film Award-Gold from the Guild of German Art House Cinemas

  • Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection

  • New York Jewish Film Festival Official Selection

  • Best Film award at festivals in France, Spain and the United States

REVIEWS

New York Times Top 10 Film of 2013:

"Hannah Arendt turns ideas into the best kind of entertainment [and] I would not hesitate to describe it as an action movie … its climax, in which Arendt defends herself against critics, matches some of the great courtroom scenes in cinema.”  
—A.O. Scott for The New York Times.

 

“The best movie this critic has ever seen about the life and times of a writer.”
—Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine.

 

"Hannah Arendt is an extremely vivid cinematic essay, thrilling its every minute, deeply moving in its seriousness and suitably unsettling.” —Der Spiegel

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REMEMBRANCE

Director: Anna Justice. Inspired by true events, this is a love story about a couple that escaped from Auschwitz, and whose passion survived a 30-year separation.  Audience Awards at the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, L.A. Jewish Film Festival, UK Jewish Film Festival, Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival.

REVIEWS

"Emotionally powerful and achingly romantic, despite the origins of the story in a WWII concentration camp, Remembrance is compelling viewing. … Cutting back and forth in time is tricky, but here the filmmakers do it with such sensitivity and storytelling nuance that it carries us through the emotional journey with flying colours. And the gentle, subtle, restrained ending is exquisite.”  —Andrew L. Urban/Urban Cinefile

 

"There's a poignant simplicity about the telling of this complex story that begins in a concentration camp during WWII and ends two decades later. With its elements of love, war and the passage of time, director Anna Justice successfully weaves together the timeframes, the storytelling leapfrogging back and forth with syncopated rhythms, allowing us to understand the life and death stakes and emotional angst. A man and a woman fall in love in a concentration camp in Poland during the war. What future could they possibly have?"  Louise Keller/Urban Cinefile

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ROSENSTRASSE

Pamela Katz wrote the screenplay together with the director: Margarethe von Trotta. Best Actress Prize at the Venice Film Festival, 2003.David Di Donatello Award, Best European Film in Italian Golden Globes, SIGNIS Award at the Venice Film Festival for Best Director.

REVIEWS

"The heart of the film is so strong that its images of love and devotion shared by wives and husbands on the edge of an abyss remain indelibly etched in one's memory."

—Andrew Sarris/The New York Observer

"One of the cinema's most stirring celebrations of married love and a portrayal of the 'good German' in World War II that is true, convincing and profoundly moving."

Michael Wilmington/Chicago Tribune

"Captures well not only the varying states of mind and levels of awareness in Germany during World War II but also the era's lingering effect upon its survivors."

—Kevin Thomas/LA Times

HOME SWEET HOME

This romantic comedy takes a bittersweet journey through modern society, finding out what has changed, what hasn’t, what never will, and what might. It's an  enter-taining ride, picking up passengers on Mars and Venus, and finally crash-landing in a humorous attempt to unite them on Earth.

ZDF Broadcast 1999/2000/2002.

 

BACK TO SQUARE ONE

Starring Katarina Thalbach, Detlev Buck, Udo Samel and Harald Juhnke. 

A comedy in the spirit of Ernst Lubitsch, featuring actors who defined modern German cinema. 

1994 Berlin Film Festival.

2 MEN, 2 WOMEN, 4 PROBLEMS

The truth about two marriages comes to light on a fateful weekend in Venice.  

THE OTHER WOMAN

Director: Margarethe von Trotta. Starring Barbara Sukowa, Barbara Auer and Stefan Kurt. Based on true stories about the scandalous spies, known as "Romeos," who worked for the Stasi: the East German secret police.

WDR Broadcast 2004/ 2006/ 2008. Festivals include: Museum of Modern Art International Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, Shanghai Television Festival, Taormina Film Festival.

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