Ein Leben für ein Leben - Adam Resurrected

Ein Leben für ein Leben - Adam Resurrected

USA / Deutschland / Israel 2007/2008, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Adam Resurrected

Once, in the 1920s, Adam Stein was a happy man: a caring husband, the proud father of two daughters, and a celebrated star of Berlin′s vaudeville scene. He was a clown, an entertainer and a magician. Thirty years later he is bereft of all these talents. Adam is now a man without a future, or even a present – a man with a past that, like a black hole, drains him of every scrap of energy and deprives him of his will to live.

In order to survive the sadistic watch of camp commandant Klein, Adam is forced to behave, literally, like a dog. Years later, long after the war has ended, Adam is still haunted by the demons of his past. He lives with other Holocaust survivors at a sanatorium in the middle of the desert in Israel, where he tries to stifle his pain by performing capers and magic tricks. But how can he continue to believe in human beings after having witnessed the end of humanity in a concentration camp?

And then, one day, Adam discovers a patient whose existence has been concealed from him: a twelve-year-old boy who believes he is a dog. The boy doesn′t talk – he barks; he doesn′t walk – he crawls on all fours. Adam′s initial anger soon turns into care and concern. The boy, whom nobody has been able to help, begins to use Adam as a means of support. Together, the two embark upon a painful journey back towards life…

This film is based on the eponymous novel by Yoram Kaniuk. When it was published in 1969, the book unleashed a storm of controversy in Israel. It has since been recognised as a masterpiece of modern literature.

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Paul Schrader
Screenplay:Noah Stollman
Director of photography:Sebastian Edschmid
Editing:Sandy Saffels
Music:Gabriel Yared
  
Cast: 
Jeff GoldblumAdam Stein
Willem DafoeKommandant Klein
Ayelet ZurerGina Grey
Hana LasloKrankenschwester Rachel
Joachim KrólWolfowitz
Derek JacobiDr. Nathan Gross
Veronica FerresFrau Fogel
Moritz BleibtreuJoseph Graetz
Juliane KöhlerRuth "Ruthchen" Edelson
Evgenia DodidoGretchen
Idan AltermanArthur Fein
Tudor RapiteanuDavey
  
Production company:Bleiberg Entertainment (Los Angeles)
Producer:Ehud Bleiberg

All Credits

Director:Paul Schrader
Assistant director:Shaul Dishy
Screenplay:Noah Stollman
based on:Yoram Kaniuk (Roman "Adam ben kelev" / "Adam Hundesohn")
Director of photography:Sebastian Edschmid
Assistant camera:Johnny Feurer
Optical effects:Andreas Schellenberg (Leitung)
Key grip:Thorsten Querner
Set design:Alexander Manasse (Szenenbild)
Make-up artist:Ioana Angelescu
Costume design:Inbal Shuki
Editing:Sandy Saffels
Sound design:Guido Zettier
Audio mixing:Stefan Korte
Casting:Anja Dihrberg, Esther Kling (Israel)
Music:Gabriel Yared
  
Cast: 
Jeff GoldblumAdam Stein
Willem DafoeKommandant Klein
Ayelet ZurerGina Grey
Hana LasloKrankenschwester Rachel
Joachim KrólWolfowitz
Derek JacobiDr. Nathan Gross
Veronica FerresFrau Fogel
Moritz BleibtreuJoseph Graetz
Juliane KöhlerRuth "Ruthchen" Edelson
Evgenia DodidoGretchen
Idan AltermanArthur Fein
Tudor RapiteanuDavey
  
Production company:Bleiberg Entertainment (Los Angeles)
in co-production with:3L Filmproduktion GmbH (Dortmund), Adam Produktions GmbH (Aplerbeck), July-August Productions (Tel Aviv)
Producer:Ehud Bleiberg
Co-Producer:Werner Wirsing, Hildegard Luke
Executive producer:Ulf Israel
Unit production manager:Marc Grewe
Shoot:16.04.2007-16.06.2007: Tel Aviv, Haifa, Totes Meer und Umgebung, Deutschland; Castel Film Studios Bukarest
Original distributor:3L Filmverleih GmbH & Co. KG (Dortmund)
Length:102 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Dolby Digital
Screening:Uraufführung (US): 30.08.2008, Telluride, FF;
Erstaufführung (DE): 07.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 19.02.2009

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Originaltitel (US IL) Adam Resurrected
Originaltitel (DE) Ein Leben für ein Leben - Adam Resurrected

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Original

Length:102 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Dolby Digital
Screening:Uraufführung (US): 30.08.2008, Telluride, FF;
Erstaufführung (DE): 07.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 19.02.2009
 

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