This Year in Czernowitz

This Year in Czernowitz

This Year in Czernowitz

  “Next year in Jerusalem”, this is the Jewish greeting, which traditionally is most pronounced and the Passover on the return of the Jews, alluding to the Promised Land, a phrase that expresses the longing of Jews to their homeland. And so the title of the new film by Volker Koepp is to be understood as an allusion to the fact that was lost with the gain of a new home and a homeland. A home that was in the middle of Europe and to represent the city Czernivzi in western Ukraine near the border with Romania is. Formerly it was called Czernowitz and Bukovina was part of the crown as the capital of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

People lived in Czernowitz, different nationalities, languages and cultures together: Ukrainian, Romanian, German, Poland, Huzuls. Almost half of the 150,000 inhabitants of Czernowitz, once were Jews. Few of them survived the Germans and Romanians in 1941 ordered deported to the camps of Transnistria. Among these survivors, Rosa Roth-Zuckermann and Mathias twin who remained despite all the experience in their city, they represent the old, defunct Chernivtsi, about six years ago, Volker Koepp filmed the movie Mr. and Mrs. Zuckermann twin.

The last century from the Bukovina Jews who fled have found exile in many parts of the world, but in their families contribute to the memories of people, lifestyles and landscapes. With emigrants and their children returned this year in Chernivtsi back there. The cellist Eduard Weissmann makes itself out of Berlin on the way from Vienna, the sisters Evelyne Mayer and Katja Rainer come from New York, the actor Harvey Keitel and writer Norman Manea. The journey to the mythical places of their origin, they will not only into the past, but also in the present, to people who now live in Chernivtsi, Ukraine would be happy to student Tanja and the German Johann Schlamp nearly 90 years.

documentary filmmaker Volker Koepp turned in his oeuvre always return to places of past films, they undergo an examination and re-examined what has changed in the intervening years – he is a chronicler of change, and a researcher of what herd.

Title: this year) in Czernowitz Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2004 (# length 133 (Min) Distribution : Salzgeber

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