Paul Schrader

USA, Israel, Germany, 2008 / 106 min / English OV with German subt. / Drama, History

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021 – Public Screening

A man who survived the gas chambers becomes the ringleader at an asylum for Holocaust survivors.

Israel in 1961. Nathan Stein who runs a mental institution for Holocaust survivors is taking a keen interest in his newest patient, Adam Stein, a charismatic man with a tragic past who believes he can read other people’s minds. Before the war, Adam owned a variety theatre in Berlin where he pleased audiences and the Nazis alike with magic tricks, musical numbers and cabaret performances, until he and his family were sent to a concentration camp. Adam managed to survive by accepting daily humiliation and becoming the camp commandant’s “dog”. While entertaining the officers, his wife and daughter were sent off to die. Outwardly charming and witty, Adam is tormented by survivor’s guilt and his resurfacing canine habits.

Fri 29/01 19:30 Ciné Scala, Diekirch | EN OV with DE subt. Public
Fri 29/01 20:00 Kinoler, Kahler | EN OV with DE subt. Public
Sat 30/01 20:00 Ciné Le Paris, Bettembourg | EN OV with DE subt. Public

“Gabriel Yared's jazzy, impressionistic music nicely underscores the constant movement of patients and doctors within the institution. Designer Alexander Manasse's massive set of the institute's interior, built on a Bucharest soundstage, provides all the risers and levels, all the expansive rooms and tiny hiding places where the story might wander as it pleases. There will never be a final word on the Holocaust in books or in moves, but Adam Resurrected opens a new and exciting window into the world of survivors who refuse to throw off their chains.” Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter, 08/09/2008

  • Best Music, Valladolid International Film Festival, 2009 (Spain)
Cast & Credits
Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Ayelet Zurer, Hana Laslo, Cristian Motiu, Joachim Król, Evgenia Dodina, Veronica Ferres, Moritz Bleibtreu
Noah Stollman, based on the eponymous novel by Yoram Kaniuk
Sebastian Edschmid
Guido Zettier
Alexander Manasse
Gabriel Yared
Bleiberg Entertainment, 3L Filmproduktion, Adam Productions
July August Productions
Bleiberg Entertainment

Born to Calvinist parents who didn’t let him watch any film before he was 18, Paul Schrader has since made up for lost time. He is a graduate of Columbia University and of the UCLA graduate film programme. Although his name is often linked to the New Hollywood generation, he stands out from his contemporaries through his foreign influences, drawn from the works of Robert Bresson, Yasujirô Ozu and Carl Theodor Dreyer. After working as a film critic for a while, he began his writing career and became one of Hollywood’s most renowned screenwriters, most notably with the script for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976). The film’s success allowed Schrader to start making his own films, and he became known for his willingness to take stylistic and thematic risks while working at the heart of the Hollywood system. To date, he has directed 22 feature films. Adam Resurrected (2008) is his 17th feature film.

  • 2017 – First Reformed
  • 2017 – Dark
  • 2016 – Dog Eat Dog
  • 2014 – Dying of the Light
  • 2013 – Venice 70: Resurrected (court-métrage dans le programme)
  • 2013 – The Canyons
  • 2008 – Adam Resurrected
  • 2007 – The Walker
  • 2005 – Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
  • 2002 – Auto Focus
  • 1999 – Forever Mine
  • 1997 – Affliction
  • 1997 – Touch
  • 1995 – Untitled: New Blue (court-métrage documentaire)
  • 1994 – Witch Hunt
  • 1992 – Light Sleeper
  • 1990 – The Comfort of Strangers
  • 1988 – Patty Hearst
  • 1987 – Light of Day
  • 1985 – Mishima : A Life in Four Chapters
  • 1982 – Cat People
  • 1980 – American Gigolo
  • 1979 – Hardcore
  • 1978 – Blue Collar