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Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $82,143Details
International Box Office $24,748Details
Worldwide Box Office $106,891
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The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the “Banality of Evil” when referring to the trial of Adolf Eichmann, which she covered for the New Yorker magazine. Her private life was no less controversial thanks to her early love affair with the renowned German philosopher and Nazi supporter Martin Heidegger. This documentary, with its abundance of archival materials, offers a portrait of the whole of Arendt’s life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed, as she wrote about the open wounds of modern times.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 11,401-11,500) 11,441 $82,143
All Time International Box Office (Rank 10,301-10,400) 10,388 $24,748
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,201-15,300) 15,258 $106,891
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,201-4,300) 4,259 $82,143

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 6th, 2016 (Limited) by Zeitgeist
International Releases: January 6th, 2017 (Wide), released as Vida Activa: O Espírito de Hannah Arendt (Portugal)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 125 minutes
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Keywords: Philosopher, Holocaust, Biography, Nazis Outside of World War II
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Intuitive Pictures, AU Films
Production Countries: Canada,

Documentary Subject(s)

Hannah Arendt    Herself

Supporting Cast

Alison Darcy    Hannah Arendt’s Voice

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Production and Technical Credits

Ada Ushpiz    Screenwriter
Ina Fichman    Producer
Ada Ushpiz    Producer
Hedva Goldschmidt    Executive Producer
Stefan Pannen    Executive Producer
Itai Neeman    Director of Photography
German Gutierrez    Director of Photography
Philippe Lavalette    Director of Photography
Hadas Ayalon    Editor
John Wilson    Composer
Michel Lambert    Sound Designer
Christine Rochelau    Associate Producer

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April 14th, 2016

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/04/08 59 $13,244   1 $13,244   $18,468 1
2016/04/15 63 $10,814 -18% 1 $10,814   $36,192 2
2016/04/22 71 $6,050 -44% 3 $2,017   $47,838 3
2016/04/29 70 $6,301 +4% 3 $2,100   $58,636 4
2016/05/06 59 $10,924 +73% 4 $2,731   $73,208 5
2016/05/13 91 $1,334 -88% 3 $445   $78,382 6

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/04/08 60 $20,154   1 $20,154   $25,378 2
2016/04/15 66 $16,410 -19% 1 $16,410   $41,788 3
2016/04/22 73 $10,547 -36% 3 $3,516   $52,335 4
2016/04/29 78 $9,949 -6% 3 $3,316   $62,284 5
2016/05/06 68 $14,764 +48% 4 $3,691   $77,048 6
2016/05/13 103 $1,960 -87% 2 $980   $79,008 7
2016/05/20 106 $1,142 -42% 2 $571   $80,150 8
2016/05/27 89 $1,993 +75% 2 $997   $82,143 9

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Portugal 1/6/2017 $3,798 3 4 16 $24,748 8/17/2017
International Total$24,748 8/17/2017

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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