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Festival in Media
Section: Director in Focus: Margarethe von Trott
Country: Germany /Luxembourg/France/Israel
Year: 2012


Hannah Arendt

110 min, color

Director Margarethe von Trotta Screenplay Margarethe von Trotta, Pamela Katz Cinematography Caroline Champetier Cast Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch, Ulrich Noethen, Michael Degen

The film portrays Hannah Arendt during the four years (1960-1964) that she observes, writes, and endures the furious reception for her work about 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.

Heimatfilm GmbH + Co. KG, AMOUR FOU Vienna, MACT Productions, Metro Communications/Tel Aviv
International sales:
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Margarethe von Trotta

Margarethe von Trotta (born 21 February 1942) is a German film director who has been referred to as a "leading force" of the New German Cinema movement. Von Trotta boasts an impressive body of work that has won her awards all over the world in the last forty years. She was married to and collaborated with director Volker Schlöndorff. Although they made a successful team, von Trotta felt she was seen as secondary to Schlöndorff. Subsequently, she established a solo career for herself and became "Germany’s foremost female film director, who has offered the most sustained and successful female variant of Autorenkino in postwar German film history." Certain aspects of von Trotta’s work have been compared to Ingmar Bergman’s features from the 1960s and 1970s.


Von Trotta has been called "the world’s leading feminist filmmaker." The predominant aim of her films is to create new representations of women. Her films are concerned with relationships between and among women (sisters, best friends, etc.), as well as with relationships between women and men, and involve political setting. Nevertheless, she rejects the suggestion that she makes "women’s films".




2015 Die abhandene Welt

2012 Hannah Arendt

2012 Never for Love (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)

2010 Die Schwester (TV Movie)

2009 Vision

2007 Tatort (TV Series) (1 episode)

2006 I Am the Other Woman

2004 The Other Woman (TV Movie)

2003 Rosenstrasse

2000 Jahrestage (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)

1999 Dunkle Tage (TV Movie)

1999 Mit fünfzig küssen Männer anders (TV Movie)

1997 Winterkind (TV Movie)

1995 Das Versprechen

1993 Il lungo silenzio

1990 L'africana

1988 Three Sisters

1988/I Felix (segment "Eva")

1986 Rosa Luxemburg

1983 Sheer Madness

1981 Marianne & Juliane

1979 Sisters, or The Balance of Happiness

1978 The Second Awakening of Christa Klages


1975 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum