HANNAH ARENDT
2012 • Screen Ratio: Cinemascope 1:2,39 • Colour • Dolby SRD • 110 Mins • Original Language: German, English
A film by Margarethe von Trotta

Special thanks to our friends at German Films for their distribution support of HANNAH AREDNT.

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SYNOPSIS

The film portrays Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa) during the four years, (1960-64), that she observes, writes, and en- dures the furious reception for her work about the trial of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. Watching Arendt as she at- tends the trial, staying by her side as she is both barraged by her critics and supported by a tight band of loyal friends, we experi- ence the intensity of this powerful Jewish woman who fled Nazi Germany in 1933. The fierce, chain-smoking Arendt is an exile who is happy and flourishing in America, but whose penetrating vision makes her an outsider wherever she goes.

When Arendt hears that the Israeli Secret Service has kid- napped Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, and brought him to Jerusalem, she is determined to report on the trial. “I never saw these people in the flesh...” she writes the New Yorker mag- azine, and “To attend this trial is an obligation I owe to my past.” William Shawn (Nicholas Woodeson), the editor of the magazine The New Yorker, is thrilled to have such an esteemed intellectual cover the historic process, but Arendt’s husband, Heinrich Blücher (Axel Milberg), is not so sure. He worries that this encounter will put his beloved Hannah back into what they both call the “dark times.”

Arendt enters the tense Jerusalem courtroom expecting to see a monster and instead she finds a nobody. The shallow char- acter 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. She shares her observations in intense discussions with her close friend and father-figure, Kurt Blumenfeld (Michael Degen). And although they often dis- agree, there is much love and respect between them.

Arendt returns to New York and as she begins to discuss her groundbreaking interpretation of Eichmann, fear ripples through her best friend, Hans Jonas (Ulrich Noethen). Jonas insists that Arendt is taking a far too philosophical approach to this incendiary subject. She’ll only cause confusion, he warns. Arendt stands her ground and Heinrich supports her all the way. After two years of intense thought, additional reading, and further debate with her best American friend, Mary McCarthy (Janet McTeer) her German researcher and friend, Lotte Köhler (Julia Jentsch) and of course, constant consultation with Hein- rich, she finally delivers her manuscript. The publication of the article in The New Yorker provokes an immediate scandal in the U.S., Israel, and soon in the rest of the world.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Von Trotta was born in 1942 in Berlin and studied German and Romance languages and literature in Munich and Paris. Marga- rethe von Trotta ranks among the world’s most renowned writer- directors. Over the years she has created an extensive oeuvre of dedicated and impressive filmmaking that never fails to confirm her pronounced talent for fusing the personal experience with the political theme, developing a distinctive form that is emo- tionally rich and enjoys wide public appeal. Von Trottas protago- nists often stem from a historical reality that she counters with the feminine solidarity and strength of women who transform their lives and break out of conditions defined as normal.


SELECTED FILMOGRPHY

2009 - Vision - Aus Dem Leben Der Hildegard Von Bingen
2003 - Rosenstrasse
1994 - Das Versprechen
1986 - Rosa Luxemburg
1983 - Heller Wahn
1981 - Die Bleierne Zeit
1993 - Zeit Des Zorn
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UPCOMING SCREENINGS


Film Night International, (Film Circuit) Perth, ON
February 19, 2014

Film Night International Smiths Falls (Film Circuit) Smith Falls, ON
February 20, 2014

Quinte Film Alternative (Film Circuit), Belleville, ON
April 16, 2014

Regina Public Library, SK
April 24 &25, 2014


PREVIOUS SCREENINGS

Victoria Film Festival
February 6, 2013

Cineplex Odeon, Cavendish Mall - Montreal
(English subs)
Start June 14, 2013

Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Starts June 28, 2013

Regina Public Library, SK
June 27 - 30, 2013

Windsor International Film Festival, ON
July 3, 2013

Bookshelf, Guelph, ON
July 5 - 8, 2013

TIFF/ Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON
Starts June 21, 2013

Princess Cinema, Waterloo, ON
Starts June 28, 2013

Cineplex Forum, Montreal, QC
Starts June 14, 2013

Tapis Rouge, Trois Rivières, QC
(French Subtitles)
Starts June 21, 2013

Maison du Cinéma, Sherbrooke, QC
(French Subtitles)
Starts June 14, 2013

Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, BC (Return Engagement)
August 10, 11, 16 & 17, 2013

Canada Square, Toronto, ON
Starts June 27, 2013 - Closes August 22, 2013

Cinema Excentris, Montreal, QC
(French Subtitles)
Starts June 14, 2013

Bytowne Cinema, Ottawa, ON
August 16 - 20, 2013

Kingsway Theatres, Toronto, ON
Opens July 5, 2013

Cinema Cartier, Québec
(French Subtitles)
June 21, 2013

Hyland Cinema, London, ON
September 6 - 12, 2013

Ancaster Film Fest (Film Circuit) Ancaster, ON
September 9, 2013

Cinecenta, Victoria, BC (Return Engagement)
September 10 & 11, 2013

Port Hope Film Association (Association Capitol Theatre Foundation) (Film Circuit) Port Hope, ON
September 17, 2013

Metro Cinema, Edmonton, AB
Starts September 20, 2013

Art Gallery of Prince Albert (Film Circuit), Prince Albert, SK
Oct 7 & 8, 2013

Winnipeg Cinematheque, MB
October 9 - 13, 16 - 18 & 20, 2013

Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, ON
October 18 - 20, 2013

Regent Theatre, Toronto, ON
Starts October 18, 2013

Barrie Film Festival, Barrie, ON
October 19 & 22, 2013

Fundy Film Society, Wolfville, NS
October 20, 2013

Monday Night @ the Movies, (Film Circuit), Oakville, ON
October 21, 2013

Film Brockville, Galaxy Brockville (Film Circuit), Brockville, ON
October 23, 2013

MUN Cinema Series, St. John's, Newfoundland
October 24, 2013

Peterborough Museum and Archives Circuit (FilmCircuit), Peterborough, ON
October 28, 2013

Cinema CNC (Film Circuit), Prince George, BC
November 2, 2013

Trail Arts Council’s Sunday Cinema Association (Film Circuit), Trail, BC
November 3, 2013

Screening Room, Kingston, ON
November 3, 5 & 6, 2013

Kelowna Film Society (Film Circuit), Kelowna, BC
November 6, 2013

Midland Film Series, (Film Circuit), Midland, ON
November 6, 2013

Milton Film Forum (Film Circuit) Milton, ON
November 6, 2013

Kingsway Theatre, Toronto, ON (Return Engagement)
- Starts November 8, 2013

King's Theatre Film Society, Annapolis Royal (Film Circuit)
November 13, 2013

AGH CIBC Wood Gundy World Film Festival, Woodstock, ON
November 13, 2013

North Vancouver Community Arts Council (Film Circuit), North Vancouver, British Columbia
November 13, 2013

The Regent (Toronto, ON)
Starts October 18, 2013

Cinecenta, Victoria, BC
November 21, 2013

Fredericton Monday Night Film Series (Film Circuit), Fredericton, NB
November 25, 2013

Starlight Cinema (Film Circuit), Stouffville, ON
November 27, 2013

Bytowne Cinema, Ottawa, ON
November 27 & 28, 2013 (Return Engagement)

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REVIEWS

"Feminist political thinker Hannah Arendt honoured in von Trotta film"
- Forever Young News

"Hannah Arendt succeeds at articulating the complex ideas that defined the subject’s life, which makes the movie a lingering intellectual exercise as well as an eye-opening examination of 20th century thought."
- Canada.com

The long process of bringing thinker Hannah Arendt to life on the screen (Interview with director Margarethe von Trotta)
- Globe and Mail

"intelligent work exceedingly relevant and inspiring"
- Exclaim

"Intellectual history film anything but banal"
- Toronto Sun

"The fearless life of Hannah Arendt: scholar, outcast at every turn"
- National Post

NNNN! "Credit Sukowa with a superb performance as a woman who lost friends as she influenced people, and Janet McTeer is a delight as her loyal friend, writer Mary McCarthy."
- NOW Magazine

"a fascinating little piece of history that gets molded into some very solid entertainment by an excellent leading performance."
- Examiner.com

An Interview with Margarethe von Trotta "Intense, fearless Hannah Arendt is an apt subject for Margarethe von Trotta and her collaborator, Barbara Sukowa"
- NOW Magazine

"German actress Barbara Sukowa is exemplary as the great 20th-century thinker"
- Globe and Mail

"von Trotta’s best asset is Sukowa… she brings grace and conviction to a challenging role. In so doing, she bolsters the film’s prevailing message about the courage it takes to grapple with the “moral collapse” that affected every European of the era, Arendt included."
- The Grid

"Hannah Arendt makes an unlikely screen heroine"
- Toronto Star

"Smart women tend to get labelled quickly, which is why director Margarethe von Trotta and actor Barbara Sukowa immediately dance around the descriptions assigned to Hannah Arendt." - An Interview with Margarethe von Trotta
- PostMedia News

"In the end it’s not really about Israel, Eichmann, Jews or Nazi’s. It’s the study of the banality of evil."
- Windsor Square

"Sukowa rises to the fore in an award-worthy performance. Her diction and pitch fit the scene perfectly. This powerful climax alone is worth the price of admission."
- The Canadian Jewish News

An Interview with Margarethe von Trotta

- Seventh Art