Jewish Films Win German Oscars

This post first appeared on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.

blog-kaddishforafriend2-050113Two Jewish-themed films fared well at the 2013 German Film Awards (known as the Lolas) April 26 in Berlin.

“Hannah Arendt,” famed German director Margarethe von Tratta’s film focusing on four years (1960-1964) in the political theorist’s life, won the Silver Lola for best film. The film deals with the period during which Arendt, a German-Jewish refugee, went to Jerusalem to cover Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann’s trial for The New Yorker. Her articles were followed in 1963 by the controversial book “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.”

The film has enjoyed positive reviews for von Tratta’s direction, and especially for German actress Barbara Sukowa’s portrayal of Arendt, which won her the Lola for best actress.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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