Artikelnummer 6238

THE PAPER BRIDGE (DIE PAPIERENE BRÜCKE) (1987) * with switchable English and French subtitles *

Ruth Beckermann

Ruth Beckermann travels to Central Europe to delve into her family's history and, at the same time, learns much about the region and its Jewish past. She travels from Vienna --- where her grandmother survived the Holocaust by pretending to be a mute, and to which her mother returned from Israel --- to the landscapes which witnessed the extermination of more than half the world's Jewry. Amazingly, against all odds, some survived --- like the ones in Bukovina, once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, at the time of this film, split between Rumania and the Soviet Union. The film is driven by memories and by paradoxes: in the Jewish cemetery in Seret, an old man is pleasantly surprised at his ability to still cast an image strong enough to register on film; and a film company from Hollywood is recruiting Viennese Jews as extras for a reconstructed Theresienstadt, provided they look "really Jewish". In the film, we also see frightening images of an upsurge of anti-Semitism in Austria. A long sequence shot of a car driving along a foggy road sums up the contradictory movement of her journey: to find a way into the future by going back into the past.

DVD-R is in German with switchable English and French subtitles. Approx. 96 mins.  See film samples for sound and video quality!  


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