Margarethe Von Trotta's 'Hannah Arendt' Wins German Arthouse Cinema Honor

Hannah Arendt One Sheet - P 2013

The biopic of the Jewish writer and philosopher has been a sleeper hit in Germany.

COLOGNE, Germany -- Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt, a biopic of the famous Jewish philosopher who coined the term "the banality of evil," has won Germany's top art house cinema honor, the Gilde Film Prize.

Arendt, which stars Barbara Sukowa, has become a sleeper hit in Germany, earning some $4.3 million (€3.2 million) at the box office.

Wadjda, the Saudi Arabian drama from director Haifaa Al Mansour, won the Gilde prize for best international title.

Katja von Garnier's Ostwind won best children's film while More Than Honey, Markus Imhoof's expose of the modern-day bee-cultivation industry, took best documentary. Daniel Harrich's Octoberfest-set thriller The Blind Spot, won the audience award while the Gilde's youth jury honor went to Spanish fantasy tale Blancanieves from director Pablo Berger.

The Gilde Film Prizes, presented by Germany's art house cinema owners association AG Kino, were handed out Thursday evening in Leipzig.