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The film portrays Hannah Arendt during the four years (1960-1964) that she observes, writes, and endures the furious reception for her work about the trial of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. Watching Arendt as she attends the trial, staying by her side as she is both barraged by her critics and supported by a tight band of loyal friends, we experience the intensity of this powerful Jewish woman who fled Nazi Germany in 1933.

Margarethe von Trotta ranks among the most important female directors in German cinema since the 1970s, during which time she also made a name for herself as an actress. Today primarily active as a screenwriter and director, her most well-known films include: THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM (DIE VERLORENE EHRE DER KATHARINA BLUM, 1975, in co-direction with Volker Schlöndorff), THE SECOND AWAKENING OF CHRISTA KLAGES (DAS ZWEITE ERWACHEN DER CHRISTA KLAGES, 1977), SISTERS OR THE BALANCE OF HAPPINESS (SCHWESTERN ODER DIE BALANCE DES GLÜCKS, 1979), MARIANNE AND JULIANE (DIE BLEIERNE ZEIT, 1981), SHEER MADNESS (HELLER WAHN, 1983), ROSA LUXEMBURG (1985), THE AFRICAN WOMAN (DIE RÜCKKEHR, 1990), THE LONG SILENCE (IL LUNGO SILENZIO, 1993), THE PROMISE (DAS VERSPRECHEN, 1994), ROSENSTRASSE (2003), I AM THE OTHER WOMAN (ICH BIN DIE ANDERE, 2006), VISION (2009), HANNAH ARENDT (2012), FORGET ABOUT NICK (2017), and her first documentary SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN (2018), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay Margarethe von Trotta, Pamela Katz
Cinematography Caroline Champetier
Cast Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch, Ulrich Noethen, Michael Degen
Producers Bettina Brokemper, Johannes Rexin
Co-Producers Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, David Silber
Production Company Heimatfilm/Cologne, in co-production with Amour Fou/Luxembourg, Mact Productions/Paris, Metro Communications/Tel Aviv
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German, English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Toronto 2012 (Special Presentation), Tokyo 2012 (In Competition), Sao Paulo 2012, Tallinn Black Nights 2012, Valladolid 2012, Istanbul 2013, Dallas 2013, Shanghai 2013, Haugesund 2013, Milwaukee 2013, Cambridge 2013, Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014, Créteil 2018
Awards Silver Spike Valladolid 2012, Bavarian Film Prize 2012 (Best Actress: Barbara Sukowa), German Film Award 2013 (Best Film: Silver, Best Leading Actress)
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, Film Fund Luxembourg, CNC, Eurimages, Israel Film Fund, Jerusalem Film and Television Fund
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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