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A Feature film by Emmanuel Finkiel

Produced by Les Films du Poisson

Release in France : 22/09/1999


    Riwka is 65. The tourist bus she's on breaks down between Warsaw and Auschwitz. Anxiety mounts alarmingly in the racket of Yiddish conversation that follows. Regine, also 65, believes she's found her elderly father who's traveling across Europe to get to Paris. Vera, an 80-year-old Russian woman at the end of her life and alone in the world, has just immigrated to Israel. She's looking for the cousin she hasn't seen for many years. Alone, she hops on bus after bus. Everything is foreign to her, she gets totally lost, is on the verge of collapse. Then, finally in the last bus, purely by chance, she meets Riwka…

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films du Poisson

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    At one time, the film could have been called "Promised Land." A promised land is typically the place where you're not and where you'd like to go. It's also the memories we have of people who've disappeared, the fantasy of one day finding them again. All of the film's characters have a kind of scar, an emptiness, due to what they've been through. They're searching for peace, happiness. In the end, we know all too well that it's a trap to think that a place, earth, will provide us with these. Right from the prologue, Riwka, the film's unifying character, is faced with her ghosts. She flees from the reality of her marriage and her life, believing that happiness is bound to be elsewhere.

    Emmanuel Finkiel – Director

    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producer :

    Yaël Fogiel

    Sound recordists :

    Pierre Gamet, François Waledisch

    Directors of Photography :

    Hans Meier, Jean-Claude Larrieu

    Production Manager :

    Jean-Jacques Albert

    Editor :

    Emmanuelle Castro

    Assistant editor :

    Saskia Berthod

    Production Designer :

    Katia Wyszkop

    Costume designer :

    Jeanine Gonzalez

    Assistant directors :

    Laurent Herbiet, Nicolas Cambois

    Screenwriter :

    Emmanuel Finkiel

    Sound Assistant :

    Bernard Chaumeil

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Monica Donati

    Sound Editor :

    Jean-Claude Laureux

    Continuity supervisors :

    Bénédicte Darblay, Olivia Bruynoghe

    Casting :

    Nathanièle Esther, Stéphane Touitou

    Sound Mixer :

    William Flageollet

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    Feature film

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    French, Hebrew

    Coproducer countries :

    Poland, Belgium, France

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    Majority French (Poland, Belgium, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

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    Posters (1)


    Selections (9)

    New Directors New Films - 2000

    New Directors New Films (United States, 2000)


    Films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Selection (2)

    Best first picture

    Best Editing : Emmanuelle Castro

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 1999

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 1999)


    Official International Selection

    Directors' Fortnight - 1999

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1999)


    Official Selection

    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best Editing : Emmanuelle Castro

    César Award for Best First Feature

    Florence France Cinema Festival - 1999

    Florence France Cinema Festival (Italy, 1999)


    Award for Best First Film

    Delegations (2)