Three women, each on a quest, in Poland, Paris, and Tel Aviv
Director: Emmanuel Finkiel FRA/POL/BEL 1999, feature film, 115 min., Yiddish/French with English subtitles Production: Les Films du Poisson, Studio Canal +, Arte France Cinéma, Héritage Films, Paradise Films, Canal + Polska, FCC, YMC Distribution: Les Films du Poisson, France Cinematography: Hans Meyer, Jean-Claude Larrieu Cast: Shulamit Adar, Liliane Rovère, Abraham Leber, Esther Gorintin, Maurice Chevit, Michaël Shillo, Moscu Alcalay, Nathan Cogan
Emmanuel Finkiel’s prizewinning film depicts three women, each on a quest. 65-year-old Rivka, a
Frenchwoman who has long lived in Israel, is en route from Warsaw to Auschwitz with a tour group. When their
bus breaks down, the travelers become increasingly anxious. Régine, also 65, lives in Paris. The arrival of an old
man from Lithuania claiming to be her father, who was believed lost in a concentration camp, shakes her
solitary life to the core. At 80, Vera has just emigrated from Russia to Israel, where she wants to spend her
remaining years. Looking for a cousin, she has to cross Tel Aviv and meets Rivka on a bus – by chance.
(selection) Award of the Youth, French Film, Festival de Cannes – Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, 1999; The Jewish Experience – Best Feature, Jerusalem Film Festival, 1999; César, Best First Work and Best Editing, 2000
(selection) MEMOIR OF PAIN (FR 2017); A DECENT MAN (FR 2015); NOWHERE PROMISED LAND (FR 2008)
Emmanuel Finkiel worked as an assistant to directors Jean-Luc Godard (NOUVELLE VAGUE CH/FR 1990), Bertrand Tavernier (FRESH BAIT, FR 1995), Krzysztof Kieslowski (TRILOGY: THREE COLOURS: BLUE, WHITE, RED FR/PL/CH 1993-1994), and others. VOYAGES, his directing debut, was screened at the Festival de Cannes. It won the César and the Prix Louis Delluc.