Winner! Best Film & Best Actress, German Film Awards 2013
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Purchase a copy of The Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt and receive a special "Loft Reel Reads" discount off the cover price - 20% for Loft Members and 10% for the general public. Copies of the book are available at The Loft Cinema and Antigone Books.
â€śArdent and intelligent â€¦ turns ideas into the best kind of entertainment. Its climax, in which Arendt defends herself against critics, matches some of the great courtroom scenes in cinema.â€ť â€“ AO Scott, New York Times
â€śThe best movie this critic has ever seen about the life and times of a writer! It is a major work, highly dramatic and incredibly timely.â€ť â€“ Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine
â€śThe writer-philosopher Hannah Arendt is brought to life by a mesmerizing Barbara Sukowa in Margarethe von Trotta's film.â€ť â€“ Marsha McCreadie, Village Voice
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 Arendtâ€™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 â€śBanality of Evil.â€ť 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