Berlin Jerusalem (1989)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - France , Israel   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

This difficult-to-follow arthouse film explores the parallel stories of two very idealistic Zionist women who never met in real life. The story concerns the German poet Elsa Lasker-Schuller and the Russian Mania Schochat. Elsa (Lisa Krezer) lives in 1920's Berlin as Germany is degenerating into the chaos from which Hitler will emerge. Mania (Rivka Neumann) is living in Palestine, amid some of the first and most rigorous experiments in genuinely Marxist living, at a radical kibbutz. Each survives to be present at the beginning of the Jewish state, and each is sorely disillusioned.

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Zionism, chaos, poet, survivor, Marxism