Zeitgeist nabs Von Trotta’s ‘Hannah Arendt’

Biopic premiered at the Toronto festival

Zeitgeist Films has acquired U.S. rights to Margarethe Von Trotta’s “Hannah Arendt,” starring Barbara Sukowa, from Match Factory.

Deal comes four months after the biopic premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Zeitgeist distributed von Trotta’s previous film, “Vision,” which also starred Sukowa.

Zeitgeist will open in New York City at Film Forum on May 29 with a nationwide release to follow.

Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” during her coverage of the Adolf Eichmann trial in a five-part series in The New Yorker. Some of her ideas caused considerable controversy in the Jewish community.

The movie also stars Janet McTeer as the writer Mary McCarthy and Julia Jentsch as Arendt’s loyal assistant.

Robert Koehler gave the movie a mixed review for Variety at Toronto: “The daring ideas about the banality of Nazi evil advanced by political philosopher Hannah Arendt receive a distinctly non-daring treatment in director Margarethe von Trotta’s latest film study of great women.”

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