Archive of films Adam Resurrected / Adam Resurrected

Germany / Israel / USA
2008, 106 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2009

In 1961, a star of prewar Berlin, charismatic cabaret impresario and magician Adam Stein (Jeff Goldblum), is a patient at a psychiatric clinic treating Holocaust survivors. Renowned screenwriter and director Paul Schrader based his gripping drama on Yoram Kaniuk’s controversial novel.


It’s 1961 and charismatic Adam Stein (Jeff Goldblum in the role of a lifetime) is a privileged patient at a psychiatric clinic in Israel’s Negev Desert specializing in Holocaust survivors. The first stage in the life of this famed prewar cabaret impresario and magician, known to all of Berlin, was cut short by Nazi atrocities. Afterward – after being forced to play the violin as his wife and daughter were led to their deaths – he spent several years in a concentration camp literally on his knees playing a dog for Commandant Klein (Willem Dafoe). Years later, as Adam tries to banish his terrifying memories by performing skits and tricks to comfort his fellow patients, his faith in humanity seems to have been lost for good. Director Schrader’s stylized adaptation of Yoram Kaniuk’s controversial novel is a darkly symbolist look into the soul of an individual trapped in a hell of his own memories. At the same time, it offers an original take on a tragic milestone of the 20th century.

About the director

Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader (b. 1946, Grand Rapids, Michigan) was originally a film critic who authored Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer (1972). He then gained a name for himself primarily as a screenwriter and director. In 1975, he and his brother Leonard wrote the script for The Yakuza (dir. Sydney Pollack), which attracted the attention of New Hollywood’s young generation of directors. He worked with Brian De Palma on Obsession, and the script for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver brought him not only his first nomination for a Golden Globe, but also the chance to direct his first film, Blue Collar (1978). He wrote three other scripts for Scorsese, including Raging Bull (1980 – his second Golden Globe nomination). Selected filmography as a director: Hardcore (1979), American Gigolo (1980), Cat People (1982), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Affliction (1997), and Auto Focus (2002).


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Paul Schrader
Screenplay: Noah Stollman podle románu Yorama Kaniuka / based on the novel by Yoram Kaniuk
Dir. of Photography: Sebastian Edschmid
Music: Gabriel Yared
Editor: Sandy Saffeels
Producer: Ehud Bleiberg, Werner Wirsing
Production: Bleiberg Entertainment Inc.
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Ayelet Zurer, Moritz Bleibtreu
Contact: Magic Box - division Bioscop, Bleiberg Entertainment Inc.
Distributor: Magic Box - division Bioscop


Andrea Metcalfe


Irena Prokopová


Ehud Bleiberg


Paul Schrader

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