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by Vadim Jendreyko


Swetlana Geier is considered the greatest translator of Russian literature into German. Her new translations of Dostoyevsky's five great novels, known as the “five elephants”, are her life's work and literary milestones. The 85-year-old woman takes her first trip since the war back to the places of her childhood in the Ukraine, accompanied by the filmmaker Vadim Jendreyko. The film interweaves the story of Swetlana Geier's life with her literary work and traces the secret of this inexhaustible mediator of language.

international title: The Woman with the 5 Elephants
original title: Die Frau mit den 5 Elefanten
country: Switzerland
year: 2009
genre: documentary
directed by: Vadim Jendreyko
release date: DE 28/01/2010, FR 13/10/2010
cinematography by: Niels Bolbrinker, Stéphane Kuthy
film editing: Gisela Castronari-Jaensch
music: Daniel Almada, Martin Iannaccone
producer: Hercli Bundi, Vadim Jendreyko, Thomas Tielsch
production: Mira Film GmbH, Filmtank, 3sat, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
distributor: Real Fiction Filmverleih, Cineworx Gmbh, Nour Films
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