The film revolves around a journey to Palestine undertaken by two women, the expressionist German poet Else Lasker-Schüller and Mania Shohat, a Zionist pioneer from Russia, whose fates interlock in the realms of their dreams about Jerusalem turned into reality. Images from Berlin’s cafés are juxtaposed with scenes of the dry barren mountains around Jerusalem leading to a reflection on the loss of utopias, and the struggles and disillusions behind every quest. Based on the biographies of these two real-life characters, Gitai’s screenplay strips the figure of Israel’s pioneers from their heroic aura by depicting them as ordinary human beings, susceptible to basic emotions such as fear and doubt.
Winner of the 1989 Venice Festival Critics’ Award.
Título original: BERLIN-YERUSHALAIM
Classificação: 14 years
Duração: 89 min
País: France, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, United Kingdom
Tags: France, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, homage, Palestine, awarded films, Berlin, Jerusalem
Direção: AMOS GITAI
Roteiro: Amos Gitai, Gudie Lawaetz
Fotografia: Henri Alekan, Nurith Aviv
Montagem: Luc Barnier
Elenco: Lisa Kreuzer, Rivka Neuman, Markus Stockhausen, Benjamin Levi, Vernon Dobtcheff
Produtor: Amos Gitai, Ilan Moscovitch
Produção: Agav Films, Channel Four, La Sept, Nova Films, Rai2, Orthel Films, NOS
Música: Markus Stockhausen