quatre soeurs - Le Serment d'hippocrate

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Les quatre soeurs - Le Serment d'hippocrate

The Four Sisters - The Hippocratic Oath

Claude Lanzmann
F, 2017
Documentaries, 89min, OmeU

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Les quatre soeurs - Le Serment d'hippocrate

Claude Lanzmann
F, 2017
Documentaries, 89min, OmeU

Cast: 
Paula Biren
Ruth Elias
Claude Lanzmann
Ada Lichtman
Hanna Marton
Screenplay: 
Claude Lanzmann
Sound: 
Bernard Aubouis
Camera: 
Dominique Chapuis
Editor: 
Chantal Hymans

Production: 
Synecdoche
Arte France
Format: 
DCP
Color

Since 1999, Claude Lanzmann has made several films that could be considered satellites of SHOAH, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970’s that didn’t make it into the final, monumental work. He has just completed a series of four new films, built around four women from different areas of eastern europe, each finding herself unexpectedly and improbably alive after war’s end: Ruth Elias from Ostravia; Paula Biren from Lodz; Ada Lichtman from Krakow; and Hannah Marton from Cluj. “What they have in common,” writes Lanzmann, “apart from the specific horrors each one of them was subjected to, is their intelligence, an incisive, sharp and carnal intelligence that rejects all pretence and false reasons – in a word: idealism.” What is so remarkable about Lanzmann’s films is the way that they stay within the immediate present tense, where the absolute horror of the Shoah is always happening. (Eric King)

Protagonist: Ruth Elias.