The Specialist, Portrait of a Modern Criminal

Un specialiste, portrait d’un criminel moderne

The incredible trial of a frighteningly ordinary civil servant. Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: Α Report on the Banality of Evil and drawing entirely on the 350 hours of rare footage recorded during the trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1961 in Jerusalem, this film about obedience and responsibility is the portrait of an expert in problem resolving; a man responsible for the elimination of several million people; a modern criminal.
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Direction: Eyal Sivan
Script: Eyal Sivan, Rony Brauman
Cinematography: Leo Hurwitz
Editing: Audrey Maurion
Sound: Nicolas Becker
Music: Yves Robert, Krishna Levy, Beatrice Thiriet, Jean-Michel Levy
Production: Momento Films
Producers: Eyal Sivan, Armelle Laborie
Co-production: France 2 Cinéma, Bremer Institut Film, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Image Création, RTBF Télévision belge, Lotus Film, Amythos Film TV Productions, Noga Communication-Channel 8
Executive producer: Armelle Laborie
Format: HD
Color: B&W
Production Country: France, Israel, Germany, Austria, Belgium
Production Year: 1999
Duration: 123'
Contact: Momento Films
Awards/Distinctions: Adolf Grimme Award 2001

Eyal Sivan


1987 Aqabat-Jaber, Passing Through
1990 Izkor, Slaves of memory
1991 Israland (TV)
1993 Itgaber, He Will overcome
1994 Jerusalem(s), Borderline Syndrome
1995 Aqabat-Jaber, Peace with Νo Return?
1996 Itsembatsemba, Rwanda οne Genocide Later (short)
1997 Burundi, under Terror (short)
1999 The Specialist, Portrait of a modern Criminal
2001 On the Top of the Descent (short)
2003 Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (co-direction)
2004 I Love You All (co-direction)
2005 Faces of the Fallen (TV)
2007 Citizens K, the Twin Brothers (TV)
2009 Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork
2012 Common State, Potential Conversation (1)