Hannah Arendt

Tuesday, March 4


Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park
7:00 PM

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

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The award-winning Hannah Arendt is a brilliant new biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker was controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils and 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 beautifully turns the often-invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. An Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Jewish Film Festival, Hannah Arendt also co-stars two-time Oscar Nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) as novelist Mary McCarthy.

“Its climax, in which Arendt defends herself against critics, MATCHES SOME OF THE GREAT COURTROOM SCENES IN CINEMA.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Barbara Sukowa’s climactic speech as the title character in Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt is perhaps the most significant speech ever put in the mouth of an actress.” – Rika Ohara, Bluefat

Hannah Arendt is ultimately a pleasure, because Sukowa plays the most forbidding of intellectuals as a fabulous, passionate doll. Sometimes clueless, sometimes kittenish, and always, always thinking, her Hannah is not only admirable but lovable.” -J. Hoberman, Tablet Magazine

Winner of the German Oscar for Best Actress for Barbara Sukowa.


Director: Margarethe von Trotta

Languages: English and German with English subtitles

Run Time: 113 minutes

Germany 2012