Two Bavarian Film Awards and close on 1 million euros for Hannah Arendt
- Margarethe von Trotta's latest film embarks on its career at a cracking pace
On Friday night, Margarethe von Trotta's new biographical film on a renowned female personality, Hannah Arendt [+see also:
interview: Margarethe von Trotta
film profile], won two of the most prestigious Bavarian Film Awards: the Special Prize and Best Actress award (which went to Barbara Sukowa).
This triumph comes one week after the movie was launched on German screens by NFP (January 10), which has every good reason to congratulate itself on the movie's reception by the public : after reaching over 50,000 admissions on its first weekend (admittedly far behind the first hit of this year, Schlussmacher [+see also:
film profile], which drew almost ten times as many spectators on this same weekend), the international sales company The Match Factory reports that the film has currently chalked up 127,000 admissions after two weeks of screenings, bringing 920,000 euros in receipts.
Produced by Heimatfilm, Minotaurus Film, Mact Productions and Metro Communications in coproduction with Degeto Film, BR and WDR, and with the backing of FFF Bayern and NRW regional funds as well as the FFA, DFFF, Luxembourg Film Fund, Eurimages and Israeli partners, Hannah Arendt focuses on an interesting page in the life of the author of La Condition de l'Homme Moderne; ie. the courageous articles written by Arendt in 1961 at the time of the trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann, texts full of nuances on the banality of evil, in which she rejects the simplistic description of a "monster" which has earned him general opprobrium.
The film directed by Von Trotta is soon to be released in Switzerland, France, the Benelux, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain, the USA and Japan.
(Translated from French)
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