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Everything Is Illuminated -- A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of a local who speaks weirdly funny broken English.

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Writers (WGA):
Jonathan Safran Foer (novel)
Liev Schreiber (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 October 2005 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Leave Normal Behind.
Plot:
A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Eugene Hutz ... Alex

Elijah Wood ... Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer ... Leaf Blower
Jana Hrabetova ... Jonathan's Grandmother
Stephen Samudovsky ... Jonathan's Grandfather Safran

Ljubomir Dezera ... Young Jonathan
Oleksandr Choroshko ... Alexander Perchov, Father
Gil Kazimirov ... Igor
Zuzana Hodkova ... Alex's Mother
Mikki ... Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
Mouse ... Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
Boris Leskin ... Grandfather
Robert Chytil ... Breakdancer
Jaroslava Sochova ... Woman on Train
Sergei Ryabtsev ... Ukrainian Band Member (as Sergej Rjabcev)
Yuri Lemeshev ... Ukrainian Band Member (as Jurij Lemeshev)

Pamela Racine ... Ukrainian Band Member
Oleksandr Houtz ... Ukrainian Band Member
Ludmila Kartouska ... Hotel Waitress
Igor Latta ... Old Man at Fair
Eugenin Marandic ... Fair Goer
Orest Tkachuk ... Fair Goer (as Orest Tkachyk)
Elias Bauer ... Goatherder Boy (as Elias Zerael Bauer)
Jurij Kokyrc ... Well Digger
Sergej Kapitan ... Well Digger
Jaroslav Jurichkanc ... Well Digger
Igor Savivskij ... Well Digger
Jan Pavel Filipensky ... Well Digger
Bert Schneider ... Nazi Officer
Tereza Veselkova ... Augustine
Laryssa Lauret ... Lista
Lukas Kral ... Young Grandfather, Baruch
Vera Sindelarova ... Young Lista

Directed by
Liev Schreiber 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jonathan Safran Foer (novel)

Liev Schreiber (screenplay)

Produced by
Kelley Cribben .... associate producer
Tom Karnowski .... co-producer
David Minkowski .... co-producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
Matthew Stillman .... executive producer
Marc Turtletaub .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Cantelon 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew Libatique 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Marcus 
Craig McKay 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Mark Geraghty 
 
Art Direction by
Martin Vackár 
 
Set Decoration by
Johnny Byrne 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Clancy 
 
Makeup Department
Georgina Abanto .... key hair stylist
Georgina Abanto .... key makeup artist
Tomás Kuchta .... special makeup
Veronika Riehs .... makeup assistant
Lucie Vybiralova .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Tom Karnowski .... unit production manager
Ravi D. Mehta .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jakub Dvorak .... second assistant director
Helena Frankova .... second second assistant director
Jude Gorjanc .... first assistant director: New York
Jan Mensík .... first assistant director
Maggie Murphy .... first assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... first assistant director (as Kieron A. Phipps)
Amanda Taylor .... key second assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Kasia Adamik .... storyboard artist
Elizabeth Colomba .... storyboard artist
Frantisek Copf .... assistant model maker
Jiri Fleischer .... property master
Vladimir Pavlu .... standby construction
Stanislav Suva .... scenic artist
Michal Svoboda .... set dresser
Adam Trachtman .... graphic artist
Petra Trachtmanova .... co-set decorator
Kurt Van Der Basch .... storyboard artist (as Kurt van der Basch)
David Vondrasek .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Dave Bihldorff .... sound re-recordist
Rick Chefalas .... first assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
André Dias .... dubbing editor
André Dias .... dubbing mixer
Kenna Doeringer .... adr editor
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Petr Forejt .... production sound mixer
Lawrence Herman .... sound editorial intern
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Jean Porter .... apprentice sound editor (as Sarah Porter)
Roman Rigo .... boom operator
Brian Seagrave .... audio conform
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Paul Urmson .... sound designer
Paul Urmson .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... supervising foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Deborah Wallach .... adr supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Jirí Vojtech .... special effects crew
 
Visual Effects by
Roland Friedrich .... Inferno artist
Miro Gal .... Inferno artist
Maros Kesjar .... compositor
Helena Keslova .... Flame artist
Vladimir Koller .... compositor
Vít Komrzý .... visual effects producer
Robert Loudil .... compositor
Zdenek Machuta .... compositor
Jay Mallet .... motion control cameraman
Vladimír Matousek .... compositor
Robert Pik .... Inferno artist
Robert Pik .... compositor
Jim Rider .... motion control cameraman
Jirí Sabata .... Flame artist
Amit Sethi .... digital artist: titles
Rasto Simocko .... Flame artist
Jiri Stamfest .... matte artist
Ondrej Stibinger .... telecine colorist dailies
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor
Jan Vseticek .... visual effects coordinator
David Vána .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Andrea Kinsky .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Václav Cermak .... gaffer
Milan Chadima .... director of photography: second unit
Lamont Crawford .... key grip: New York
Magela Crosignani .... camera operator
Neil Davidson .... still photographer
Ingo Gardner .... balloon light technician
Jiri Gazda .... dolly grip
Ivo Gresak .... key grip
Marek Havel .... assistant camera
Jarda Hromadka .... best boy
Ladislav Hruby .... first assistant camera
Vaclav Kares .... camera loader
Pavel Kurak .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, splinter unit
Viktor Lonek .... video assist operator
John J. Moers .... director of photography: documentary crew
Frantisek Novák .... first assistant camera
Miroslav Pavlik .... second assistant camera
Carsten Thoms .... balloon light technician
Mark McDevitt .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
J. John Corbett .... animator: titles
 
Casting Department
Nancy Bishop .... casting: Prague
Max Bollinger .... casting: Russia, Ukraine
Jessica Daniels .... casting associate
Jirí Hrstka .... extras casting
Noelle Trkulja .... casting assistant: Prague
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gabriela Horská .... assistant costume designer
Patricie Soptenková .... personal costumer: Elijah Wood
Patricie Soptenková .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ernest Leif Boyd .... assistant editor
John Crowley .... digital intermediate colorist
Kate Eales .... associate editor
Conor Guy .... assistant editor
Attila Kovacs .... assistant editor
Beth Moran .... assistant editor
Matthew Reedy .... digital intermediate producer
Corey Stewart .... digital intermediate engineer
Franklin Vargas .... digital colorist assist (as Frankie Vargas)
 
Location Management
Petr Skvor .... location manager
 
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Robert Burger .... musician
John Carbonara .... assistant music editor
Brian Cassier .... musician: bass
Gary Chester .... music engineer
Gary Chester .... score mixer
Brian Deming .... additional music mixer
Tony Finno .... music preparation
Eric V. Hachikian .... assistant orchestrator (as Eric Hachikian)
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Richard King .... additional music mixer
Wolfram Koessel .... music contractor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Annette Kudrak .... additional music editor
Jack Livesey .... composer: additional music
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Matt Rocker .... music programing: score
Seth Rothschild .... assistant music supervisor
Derek Somaru .... apprentice music editor (as Derek P. Somaru)
Ted Sperling .... conductor
Michael Sackler-Berner .... assistant music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jiri Fleischer .... picture cars coordinator
Silvie Janculová .... unit transportation coordinator
Lada Vacik .... driver: camera truck
Pavel Voracek .... unit transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Judy Aley .... researcher: archival photos (as Judith Aley)
David Allsberry .... assistant animal trainer
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Lauren Barnhart .... assistant to director
George Bunce .... 2K conform
Mandy Butler .... production accountant
Emma Cooper .... unit publicist
J. John Corbett .... title designer
William Cusick .... intern
Michael Fitzgerald .... office intern
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Lubomir Janci .... stand-in: Young Grandfather
Vladimir Kesl .... computer technician
Tomas Kreisl .... cashier
Yana Collins Lehman .... post-production accountant
Sandy Lizaola-Hernandez .... physical production coordinator
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
Zack Neuman .... office intern
Lenka Pavlakova .... assistant production coordinator
Nada Pinter .... script supervisor
Sara Pollack .... assistant to producer
Victor Quinaz .... assistant to the director: Liev Schreiber
Justin Ritson .... key production assistant: New York unit
Lucie Ryan .... assistant to director
Justin Hamilton Salem .... key set production assistant
Julie Shevach .... title producer
Katerina Silna .... production coordinator
Jiri Tichacek .... production accountant: Czech Republic
Goran Uljanic .... assistant production coordinator
Peter Ziak .... assistant accountant
Anna Martemucci .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for disturbing images/violence, sexual content and language
Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:14 | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12A | Mexico:B15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #41916)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The blue car used throughout the movie is a Trabant 601 Kombi/Estate.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the credits for the song "Start Wearing Purple," Eugene Hutz's band is credited as both "'Gogol Bordello'" (correct spelling) and "Gogol Bodello" (incorrect spelling, dropped "r").See more »
Quotes:
Alex:I do not know any women who are taller than me. The women who *are* taller than me are lesbians, for whom 1969 was a very momentous year.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Operation Filmmaker (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
ShakedownSee more »

FAQ

Who is the dedication to at the end of the movie? Alex 1993
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92 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
The collector, 6 October 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

If anyone has any doubts about the talent of Liev Schrieber, just a look at his new film, "Everything is Illuminated", which clearly shows a man that is not only one of America's finest actors, but a new director whose first effort is indeed an inspiration and a harbinger of what is to follow. Mr. Schreiber has adapted the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer into a film that will live forever because of the way the director has adapted the material. The film clearly surpassed our expectations since we had no preconceived ideas.

For those who haven't watched the film, perhaps you should stop reading here.

Jonathan is a collector. His love for his grandparents is boundless. He watches as his grandfather dies and as his grandmother is on what appears to be her death bed. On a clear moment, this dying woman gives Jonathan a picture and an amber ornament for his collection. Watching the photograph, taken a long time ago, a young couple are seen together. Watching makes Jonathan think it shows the grandfather and his girlfriend, taken on happier times. Watching the snapshot seems to be the motivation for this intense young man to go looking for his ancestors' past in the Ukraine.

Jonathan has made arrangements with a travel agency, Heritage Tours, of Odessa for his trip to Trochenbrod, the mythical place where his grandfather came from. The agency is handled by an older man, who claims to be blind, and his grandson, Alex, a man who loves the pop American culture that has captured his imagination, as well as his contemporaries in the country. Alex speaks a kind of English no one speaks and his conversation and translation, for Jonathan's benefit are hilarious to our ear for the use of sometimes unheard English terms. The old man insists in taking his dog, Sammy Davis Jr., against the wishes of Jonathan, who doesn't want to sit next to the snarling and barking animal during the trip.

As they embark in search of Trochenbrod, it's clearly that his companions, especially the old man has no clue where he is going. At this point, the film becomes a road movie, as the three characters riding the back roads of the country become more acquainted with one another. As the trio arrive at the sunflower field with the house at the end, it indicates they have indeed come to the right place. Some places are a clear reminder of the conflicts of the past.

The older woman, living in the isolated place, is the missing link of the story. She is able to put things into the right perspective. But here is where the story changes its emphasis from Jonathan, who clearly has come to the land of his ancestors, to the old man. We watch as this older man starts remembering things about himself. This, in turn, changes the dynamic of the film as we discover how connected Jonathan and his guides have been all the time.

Some criticism in these pages have expressed opinions about the accuracy of the story, which after all, it's a work of fiction and liberties have been taken. It would have been impossible to make another film including so much that is contained in the book. The great way the film is divided into different chapters is a clever way to let the viewer know what's about to be seen.

Elijah Wood, a magnificent film actor, does an excellent work by underplaying Jonathan. Mr. Wood makes one of his best appearances in any film with his interpretation of the main character. The felicitous casting of Eugene Hutz as Alex, the Ukranian tour assistant and translator, seems to be an idea made in heaven. Mr. Hutz is about the best thing in the film. His arcane usage of English gives the film a funny angle that delights the viewer. Boris Leskin as Alex's grandfather and driver of the tour car makes a valuable contribution to the film, as well as Laryssa Lauret, who is seen in the last part of the movie.

The excellent cinematography of Matthew Libatique brings the splendor of the Czech Republic's countryside in all its magnificence. The musical score by Paul Cantelon is heard in the background adorning the film in ways that it adds a richness to the movie.

Above all, this is a triumph for Liev Schreiber, the first time director that will surely go far in whatever he decides to do next.

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