Berlin-Jerusalem

As much an essay as a narrative, this 1989 film shot partly in France by Israeli-born director Amos Gitai is based on the lives of German expressionist poet Else Lasker-Schüler and Russian revolutionary Mania Shochat (Tania in the film). After the two meet in Berlin, Tania immigrates to Palestine and becomes a founder of the kibbutz movement; she espouses peaceful coexistence while others try to seize land from the Arabs. Else, a respected but uncommercial Jewish poet, stays behind until she's endangered by the rise of Nazism. Through his long takes and intercutting of the individual stories, Gitai suggests that no one can exist apart from the fabric of society. 83 min.

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