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Hannah Arendt

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Hannah Arendt is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a furious scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish émigré also struggles to suppress her own painful associations with the past, the film exposes her beguiling blend of arrogance and vulnerability — revealing a soul defined and derailed by exile.



Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara SukowaBarbara Sukowa
Janet McTeerJanet McTeer
Julia JentschJulia Jentsch
Lotte Köhler
Axel MilbergAxel Milberg
Timothy LoneTimothy Lone
News Speaker
Megan GayMegan Gay
Francis Wells
Nicholas WoodesonNicholas Woodeson
William Shawn
Tom LeickTom Leick
Jonathan Schell
Ulrich NoethenUlrich Noethen
Nilton MartinsNilton Martins
Student Enrico
Leila SchausLeila Schaus
Student Laureen
Harvey FriedmanHarvey Friedman
Thomas Miller
Victoria TrauttmansdorffVictoria Trauttmansdorff
Charlotte Beradt
Sascha LeySascha Ley
Lore Jonas
Friederike BechtFriederike Becht
Young Hannah Arendt


In 1961, the noted German-American philosopher, Hannah Arendt, gets to report on the trial of the notorious Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. While observing the legal proceedings, the Holocaust survivor concludes that Eichmann was not a simple monster, but an ordinary man who had thoughtlessly buried his conscience through his obedience to the Nazi regime and its ideology. Arendt’s expansion of this idea, presented in the articles for “New Yorker”, would create the concept of “the banality of evil” that she thought even sucked in some Jewish leaders of the era into unwittingly participating in the Holocaust. The result is a bitter public controversy in which Arendt is accused of blaming the Holocaust’s victims. Now that strong willed intellectual is forced to defend her daringly innovative ideas about moral complexity in a struggle that will exact a heavy personal cost.Written by Kenneth Chisholm ([email protected])

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Germany | Luxembourg | France | Israel


German | English | French | Hebrew | Latin

Release Date:

10 January 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hana Arent See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,270, 2 June 2013Limited Release

Gross USA:

$714,442, 3 November 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Tagline:Her ideas changed the world
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Language:Deutsch, English, Français, עִבְרִית, Latin
Revenue:$ 717.205,00