New York-based distributor Zeitgeist Films has picked up Ada Ushpiz’s Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (pictured) following its sold-out Israeli premiere at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
The 125-minute documentary features interviews with the Jewish political theorist and rare archival footage that captures Arendt’s life story. The Israeli-Canadian coproduction also explores the German-born Arendt’s thoughts on the nature of evil, pluralism and freedom to demonstrate the “Banality of Evil,” a phrase she coined in her 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.
The deal was negotiated between Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo, co-presidents of Zeitgeist Films; Hedva Goldschmidt, MD of Go2Films; director-producer Ushpiz of AUfilms; and producer Ina Fichman of Intuitive Pictures.
The film will be released in March 2016.
“Having successfully distributed Margarethe von Trotta’s feature about Arendt three years ago, we realized that there is enormous interest and a thirst to know more of her story,” said Zeitgeist co-presidents Gerstman and Russo in a statement. “This new film will undoubtedly engage these audiences.”