Kathe Kollwitz is 47-years-old, already a well-established artist in Germany and abroad when Peter, her youngest son, volunteers to join the German army in WWI and gets killed two weeks later. This painful tragedy changes Kollwitz' life and art forever. She becomes a radical pacifist; in her art she reflects on her son and the meaning of war. After signing a petition against that Nazis, she is excluded from the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin and her art is labeled "degenerate." Lonely and sick, she spends the last days of her life near Dresden, dying at the age of 78 before the end of WWII. Director Ralf Kirsten used episodes from Kollwitz's unpublished letters and diaries to fit them together in a mosaic-like self-portrait.
Special features: new digitally restored transfer; biographies & filmographies; "Käthe Kollwitz: a life in art" by Seán Allan; "Written interview with director Ralf Kirsten and dramaturg Dieter Wolf" (1987); bonus film "Käthe Kollwitz: a conversation with Hildegard Bachert" (2016, dir. Holly Fisher).
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