At the trial of the century one of the world's greatest thinkers would confront the meaning of evil.
Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa) is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of "the banality of evil." After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmanns trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one had ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a scandal and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish emigre 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.