| 2012 | 113 min. | |
A Film by Margarethe von Trotta

Sunday August 04, 2013

$12 Suggested Donation
Please contact ONLY the Summer Institute for tickets

A Film by Margarethe von Trotta

Starring Barbara Sukowa

Her theory of “the banality of evil” made Hannah Arendt both famous and controversial. Now German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta has given the philosopher an outstanding cinematic portrait.

The film, nominated for six Lola Awards (Germany’s Oscars), explores a turbulent  four-year period in the life of the great philosopher and writer, beginning in New York at The New School, where Arendt taught after having escaped from a French detention camp, and moving to Jerusalem, where she covered the trial of Adolf Eichmann.

The director has built a gripping film around Arendt’s lifetime of engagement with the issues that concerned her: the prospects of democracy, the temptation and horrors of totalitarian systems and the question of how modern man can lead a good and therefore meaningful life.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Pamela Katz, screenwriter, will discuss her work co-writing this Lola-nominated screenplay with director Margarethe von Trotta.

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"Hannah Arendt conveys the glamour, charisma and difficulty of a certain kind of German thought.... The movie turns ideas into the best kind of entertainment."

--A.O. Scott, The New York Times


"The writer-philosopher Hannah Arendt is brought to life by a mesmerizing Barbara Sukowa..."

--Marsha McCreadie, The Village Voice

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