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Monday Movies: Berlin-Jerusalem

Art-house film by Amos Gitai (Hebrew with German Subtitles)

“Basically, Berlin-Jerusalem is a story of broken utopias”
—Amos Gitai on Berlin-Jerusalem

This 1989 poetic film by Amos Gitai portrays an encounter between two women: the German poet Else Lasker-Schüler and the Russian Zionist Tania Shohat. They first met in 1920s Berlin, then again in Jerusalem in 1945.

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Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, ground level, Auditorium
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Gitai connects both women’s lives with a story of expressionist freedom and Nazi violence, of the harsh realities of kibbutz life and the hopeful spirit of founding myths. The city of Jerusalem, in its many facets, shapes the film: Jerusalem as the target of poetic and idealogical dreams but also as a place prone to violence in the light of the present day.

Fünf Filmstills: Männer mit Masken - Frau vor Spiegel - Frau vor Haus in Jerusalem - Paar in 1920er Jahre-Outfits - Paar als Araber gekleidet- (vlnr)

Film stills from Berlin-Jerusalem; Agav Films

Gitai movingly contrasts the story with choreography by the Pina Bausch dance troupe and media materials from the First Intifada of 1989.

Original title Berlin-Yerushalayim (Berlin-Jerusalem)
Genre Art-house film
Directed by Amos Gitai
Choreography Pina Bausch
Produced in Israel, the Netherlands, France, Italy, UK
Languages Hebrew with German subtitles
Released 1989
Length 89 minutes

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  • Please noteA brief tour of the exhibition in German will be held for Monday Movie visitors at 6 pm.

    Admission with the museum ticket; Meeting point: Old building, "Meeting Point" in the foyer

    Please noteThe Film is in Hebrew with German subtitles.

    For journalists Phone: +49 (0)30 25 993 419

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