Foreign Film Series, “Hannah Arendt”

Posted on 3/26/2014 9:43:49 AM

Hannah Arendt posterFilms will be shown in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall, at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

All showings are free. Films will be in their original language, with English subtitles.


Sunday, March 30, 2014






In the award-winning Hannah Arendt, the sublime Barbara Sukowa re-teams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) for 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—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils—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 and New York Jewish film festivals, Hannah Arendt also co-stars Klaus Pohl as philosopher Martin Heidegger, Nicolas Woodeson as New Yorker editor William Shawn, and two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) as novelist Mary McCarthy.