Hannah Arendt

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In the award-winning new biopic Hannah Arendt, acclaimed actress Barbara Sukowa (Veronika Decides to Die) reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen) for a gripping look at the influential and provocative German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Hannah Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker – controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils – introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta skillfully transforms the often invisible passion for intellectual thought into immersive, dramatic and compelling cinema. An Official Selection at the Toronto International and New York Jewish Film Festivals, Hannah Arendt also co-stars Klaus Pohl as philosopher Martin Heidegger, Nicolas Woodeson as New Yorker editor William Shawn and two-time Oscar Nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) as novelist Mary McCarthy. (Dir. by Margarethe von Trotta, 2012, Germany, in German with subtitles, 113 mins., Zeitgeist Films) Digital