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The Woman with the 5 Elephants

A film by Vadim Jendreyko

Synopsis

Swetlana Geier is considered the greatest translator of Russian literature into German. Her new translations of Dostoyevsky’s five great novels, known as the "five elephants", are her life’s work and literary mile-stones. Her work is characterized by a great and sensual feeling for language and uncompromising respect for the writers she translates. The film interweaves the story of Swetlana Geier’s life with her literary work and traces the secret of this inexhaustible mediator of language. It tells of great suffering, silent helpers and unhoped-for chances - and a love of language that outshines all else.

«The concept of transportation is not an adequate metaphor for translation. It is not transportation, since the luggage never arrives.»
Svetlana Geier

Technical Details

FormatDCP
Duration94 min
Year2009
Original LanguageGerman, Russian
SubtitlesGerman, French, English
CountrySwitzerland, Germany
ISAN0000-0002-0B2B-0000-P-0000-0000-0

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  • Awards

    Bozner Filmtage 2010

    Publikumspreis

    Filmfestival Listapad 2010

    Grand Prix for the Best Film

    Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival 2010

    Silver Apricot Special Prize for Documentary Film

    Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm 2009

    DEFA-Förderpreis

    Minneapolis/St.Paul Int. Film Festival 2010

    Audience Prize

    Moondance International Film Festival 2010

    Atlantis Award

    RIDM Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal 2010

    Prix Image

    Silverdocs Documentary Festival AFI/Discovery Channel 2010

    Sterling Award for Best World Feature

    TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2010

    Jury's Special Mention

    Trieste Film Festival 2010

    Alpe Adria Cinema Award for the Best Documentary Film

    Trieste Film Festival 2010

    Audience Award documentary film competition

    Visions du Réel 2009

    Grand Prix SSA/Suissimage pour le meilleur long métrage suisse

    Visions du Réel 2009

    Mention spéciale du Jury interreligieux

    Visions du Réel 2009

    Prix SRG SSR idée suisse

    Yamagata Int. Documentary Film Festival 2011

    Award of Excellence

    Yamagata Int. Documentary Film Festival 2011

    Citizen's Prize

  • Festivals

    20th Tromsø International Film Festival 2010

    January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

    45. Solothurner Filmtage 2010

    January 21, 2009 - January 28, 2009

    15e Visions du Réel – Festival International, Nyon

    April 23, 2009 - April 29, 2009

    62. Festival del film Locarno

    August 05, 2009 - August 15, 2009

    Viennale Internationale Filmfestwoche Wien 2009

    October 22, 2009 - November 04, 2009

    26. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest 2009

    November 10, 2009 - November 15, 2009

    21st Trieste Film Festival 2010

    January 21, 2010 - January 28, 2010

    9th DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2010

    January 26, 2010 - January 31, 2010

    39. International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010

    January 27, 2010 - February 07, 2010

    33. Göteborg International Film Festival 2010

    January 29, 2010 - February 08, 2010

    16th Bradford International Film Festival 2010

    March 18, 2010 - March 28, 2010

    12th Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independente 2010

    April 07, 2010 - April 18, 2010

    Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival Belgrad 2010

    April 13, 2010 - April 20, 2010

    24th Bozner Filmtage 2010

    April 14, 2010 - April 18, 2010

    28th Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival 2010

    April 15, 2010 - April 29, 2010

    17th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival Toronto 2010

    April 29, 2010 - May 09, 2010

    7th Planet Doc Review Warsaw 2010

    May 07, 2010 - May 16, 2010

    32th Moscow International Film Festival 2010

    May 17, 2010 - May 26, 2010

    27th Jerusalem Film Festival 2010

    June 08, 2010 - June 17, 2010

    7th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival 2010

    June 11, 2010 - June 18, 2010

    9th Dokufest International Documentary and Shortfilm Festival Prizren 2010

    July 21, 2010 - August 07, 2010

    59th Melbourne International Film Festival 2010

    July 22, 2010 - August 08, 2010

    Santiago Festival internacional de Cine 2010

    August 17, 2010 - August 23, 2010

    21st Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 2010

    August 20, 2010 - August 29, 2010

    4th Nonfiktionale Bd Aibling 2010

    September 23, 2010 - September 26, 2010

    11th Moondance International Film Festival 2010

    September 24, 2010 - September 26, 2010

    Doclisboa 2010 VIII Festival internacional de cinema documental Lisboa 2010

    October 14, 2010 - October 24, 2010

    15th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival San Francisco 2010

    October 22, 2010 - November 04, 2010

    34th Mostra Internacional de Cinema Sao Paulo 2010

    October 22, 2010 - November 04, 2010

    7thTaiwan International Documentary Festival 2010

    October 22, 2010 - October 31, 2010

    17th International Filmfestival Listapad Minsk 2010

    November 05, 2010 - November 12, 2010

    13th RIDM Rencontres internationales du documentaire Montréal 2010

    November 10, 2010 - November 21, 2010

    14th Black Nights Film Festival Tallinn 2010

    November 19, 2010 - December 05, 2010

    32 Festival internacional del nuevo cine latinoamericano 2010

    December 02, 2010 - December 12, 2010

    5th Yunnan Multiculture Visual Festival Kunming 2011

    March 21, 2011 - March 27, 2011

    13th Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival 2011

    March 23, 2011 - March 30, 2011

    35th Cleveland International Film Festival 2011

    March 24, 2011 - April 03, 2011

    29th Festival Cinematografico internacional del Uruguay Montevideo 2011

    April 18, 2011 - April 30, 2011

    Open City London Documentary Festival 2011

    June 16, 2011 - June 19, 2011

    15th FIDOCS Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago de Chile 2011

    June 20, 2011 - June 26, 2011

    3th DMZ DOCS Korean International Documentary Festival 2011

    September 22, 2011 - September 28, 2011

    12th Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2011

    October 06, 2011 - October 13, 2011

    14th Festival du cinéma documentaire Filmer à tout prix 2011

    November 11, 2011 - November 16, 2011

    52. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm 2009

    October 26, 2099 - November 01, 2009

    33. Duisburger Filmwoche 2009

    November 02, 2099 - November 08, 2009

  • Credits

    Protagonists

    Swetlana Geier

    Anna Götte

    Hannelore Hagen

    Jürgen Klodt

    Written and directed by

    Vadim Jendreyko

    Director of photography

    Niels Bolbrinker

    Stéphane Kuthy

    Sound

    Patrick Becker

    Editing

    Gisela Castronari-Jaensch

    Production manager

    Thiemo Hehl

    Mixing

    Florian Beck

    Original music

    Daniel Almada

    Martin Iannaccone

    Production Switzerland

    Mira Film GmbH

    Hercli Bundi, Vadim Jendreyko

    Production Germany

    Filmtank GmbH

    Thomas Tielsch

    Co-production

    ZDF/3sat, Redaktion: Inge Classen

    Schweizer Fernsehen, Redaktion: Urs Augstburger und Marion Bornschier

    With financial support of

    MFG Baden Württemberg

    Bundesamt für Kultur

    Fachausschuss Audiovision und Multimedia der Kantone Basel-Stadt und Basel-Landschaft

    Volkart Stiftung

    S. Fischer Stiftung

    Stiftung Edith Maryon

    Robert Bosch Stiftung

    Ernst Göhner Stiftung

    UBS Kulturstiftung

    Migros Kulturprozent

    Focal Stagepool

    Developed with the support of the

    MEDIA Programme of the European Community