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Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

2012 / Germany, Luxembourg, France / 113 min / N-13
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Director(s) - Margarethe von Trotta
Screenwriter(s) - Pamela Katz, Margarethe von Trotta
Actors - Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch
Producer(s) - Bettina Brokemper
Cinematographer - Caroline Champetier
Editor(s) - Bettina Böhler
Composer(s) - André Mergenthaler
Sales agent - THE MATCH FACTORY
Distributor - A-ONE FILMS
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Dialogues - German, English, Hebrew, French, Latin
Subtitles - Lithuanian
This film focuses on one of the crucial moments in Arendt's life and career: her visit to Jerusalem in 1961 to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Nazis' genocidal "Final Solution" during World War II. Following the testimony from concentration camp survivors and the pathetic self-exonerations of Eichmann, Arendt begins to formulate what would be her most lasting, and controversial, contribution to contemporary political thought: the concept of the "banality of evil" – evil not as diabolical intent but as unthinking, almost offhanded ignorance of the consequences of one's actions. "The greatest evil perpetrated is the evil committed by nobodies, that is, by human beings who refuse to be persons", says Arendt. In the mousy, petty-bourgeois bureaucrat Eichmann, she sees the face of this uniquely modern malevolence.

About Directors

Margarethe von Trotta (b. 1942 in Berlin, Germany)

Filmography

"The Second Awakening of Christa Klages" (1977), "Sisters, or The Balance of Happiness" (1979), "Marianne and Julianne" (1981), "Rosa Luxemburg" (1986), "The African Woman" (1990), "The Promise" (1994), "Rosenstrasse" (2003), "I Am the Other Woman" (2006), "Vision" (2009), "Hannah Arendt" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").