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 has ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a furious scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish émigré also struggles to suppress her own painful associations with the past, the film exposes her beguiling blend of arrogance and vulnerability — revealing a soul defined and derailed by exile.
Margarethe von Trotta (born 21 February 1942, Berlin) is a German film director and a member of the New German Cinema movement.
The child of Elisabeth von Trotta and painter Alfred Roloff, she relocated to Paris in the 1960s, where she worked for film collectives, collaborating on scripts and co-directing short films.
In her early career, von Trotta was an actress, appearing in notable films of directors Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. In 1971, she divorced her first husband to marry Schlöndorff. A few years later she presented her first feature film.
Von Trotta, often featuring prominent female characters, has become the foremost female director working in Germany. She is a Professor of Film at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee and remains an important personality of German cinema. Von Trotta and Schlöndorff split in 1991. —wikipedia