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WITHIN THE WHIRLWIND

by Marleen Gorris

synopsis

Evgenia Ginzburg, a Russian Literature Professor at the University of Kazan, and her family live the privileged lives of Communist apparatchiks, with a large apartment, a new American car and a country dacha. Under Stalin’s leadership, the Communist Party undergoes a major transformation, and little by little, all intellectuals, engineers and academics are interrogated by the secret police. Evgenia is suspected of membership in a Trotskyist organization. While enduring various sophisticated psychological tortures, she finds herself facing outrageously trumped-up charges. Unwilling to denounce anyone, she is sentenced to 10 years of hard labor. For Evgenia, it is the beginning of a long, painful journey into the Gulag camp system, where she survives only because of her love to a German camp doctor.

international title: Within the Whirlwind
original title: Within the Whirlwind
country: Germany, Belgium, France, Poland
sales agent: Telepool
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Marleen Gorris
release date: DE 05/05/2011
screenplay: Nancy Larson
cast: Emily Watson, Ulrich Tukur, Ian Hart, Benjamin Sadler, Agata Buzek, Pam Ferris, Ben Miller, Jimmy Yuill, Monica Dolan, Zbigniew Zamachowski
cinematography by: Arkadiusz Tomiak
art director: Ewa Skoczkowska
costumes designer: Jagna Janicka, Katarzyna Lewińska
music: Włodzimierz Pawlik
producer: Christine Ruppert, Hubert Toint, Piotr Mularuk
production: Tatfilm, Saga Film, Yeti Films, WDR
backing: Polish Film Institute, Eurimages, NRW, DFFF, MEDIA, CNC, Motion Investment Group
distributor: NFP marketing & distribution GmbH

main awards/selection

Brussels Film Festival 2010 
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