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A Feature film by Véra Belmont

Produced by Stephan-Films

Release in France : 09/01/1991


    Prague, 1920. Milena's father wants her to follow in his footsteps and be one of the first female doctors in Czechoslovakia, but she is determined to be a writer. She elopes to Vienna with the Jewish music critic Ernst Pollak, and starts a correspondence with Franz Kafka. She leaves Pollak and returns to Prague with her father, where she befriends and translates Kafka. As a journalist, Milena covers the 1923 Ruhr worker's strike and meets the communist architect Jaromir. They marry and have a daughter. Milena writes for a Marxist paper till her husband leaves for the Soviet Union. She then confronts the rise of Nazism in the years leading up to the Second World War, and ends up in a concentration camp.

    Actors (37)

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    Foreign production companies :

    Bavaria Film Gmbh, Les Films L'Amante

    French distribution :

    UGC Distribution

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Farena Films

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    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Véra Belmont

    Adaptation :

    Véra Belmont

    Author of original work :

    Jana Cerna

    Director of Photography :

    Dietrich Lohmann

    Camera Operator :

    Olivier Petitjean

    Editors :

    Yves Langlois, Martine Giordano

    Assistant editors :

    Kako Kelber, Jean Beaudoin, Catherine Schwartz

    Music Composer :

    Jean-Marie Sénia

    Location manager :

    Cathy Lemeslif

    Assistant directors :

    François Enginger, Pierre Magny, Christophe Vallée

    Dialogue Writer :

    Véra Belmont

    Screenwriters :

    Guy Konopnicky, Véra Belmont, Marie-Geneviève Ripeau, Lou Garfinkle, Dan Franck

    Sound Recordist :

    Patrick Rousseau

    Production manager :

    Linda Gutenberg

    Sound Editor :

    Michel Klochendler

    Production Designer :

    Jacques Bufnoir

    Costume designer :

    Olga Berluti

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    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Portrait

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    Coproducer countries :

    France (55.0%), Canada (25.0%), Germany (20.0%)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 19 min

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