The Translator. Documentary
Première in Germany
Juri Elperin is one of the world’s most famous translators of Russian literature. Elperin produced the German versions of hundreds of works by contemporary Russian authors. Born in Switzerland in 1917 to Russian-Jewish parents, Elperin spent his childhood in Berlin, Paris, and Moscow. He joined the Red Army to fight fascism, taught German after the War and later became the most important translator of Russian literature into German.
In this very personal documentary by directors Manfried Wiesner and Grigory Manyuk, Elperin recalls his eventful life in his unique and almost literary way of speaking. Using aesthetic black-and-white pictures and unusual montages, Wiesner and Manyuk enhance the sense of nostalgia and melancholy that surrounds Elperin’s stories.
Manfred Wiesner (director)
Juri Elperin (protagonist)
Documentary, Austria 2014, directed by Manfred Wiesner and Grigory Manyuk, 59 Min., German/Russian with English subtitles
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13 May 2015, 7 pm