Feature Film

Drama - Biography

Germany 2019 | 113 Min

Hannah Arendt

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The banality of evil


Drama Biography


philosophy world war 2 adolf eichmann the new yorker




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 had ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. The film portrays Hannah Arendt during the four years,(1961 to 1964), that she observes, writes, and endures the reception of her work on 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.The fierce, chainsmoking Arendt is happy and flourishing in America, but her penetrating vision makes her an outsider wherever she goes. Arendt enters the tense Jerusalem courtroom expecting to see a monster and instead she finds a nobody. The shallow mediocrity of the man cannot be easily reconciled with the profound evil of his actions, but Arendt quickly realizes that this contrast is the puzzle that must be solved. Arendt returns to New York and as she begins to discuss her groundbreaking interpretation of Adolf Eichmann, fear ripples through her best friend. Her philosophical approach will only cause confusion, he warns. But Arendt defends her courageous and original perspective. HANNAH ARENDT provides an insight into to the profound importance of her ideas. But even more moving is the chance to understand the warm heart and icy brilliance of this complex and deeply compelling woman.


Margarethe von Trotta


Margarethe von Trotta, Pamela Katz


Barbara Sukowa
Janet McTeer
Klaus Pohl
Nicholas Woodeson
Axel Milberg


Bettina Brokemper


Caroline Champetier

Production Designer

Volker Schäfer


Bettina Böhler


André Mergenthaler