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Everything Is Illuminated -- Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated" tells the story of a young man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion.
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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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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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 Zerael Bauer ... Goatherder Boy
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
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
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 .... sound 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
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
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)
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
John Carbonara .... assistant music editor
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
Petr Skvor .... location manager
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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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images/violence, sexual content and language
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The magazine that Alex and his brother actually reads "Large Furniture".See more »
Continuity: When the three run out of gas and camp outdoors, Jonathan briefly holds the photo of his grandfather and Augustine with both hands. Between shots, his hands are in different positions.See more »
Alex:[voice over] This is Grandfather. Like my father and myself, he too is dubbed Alex. My grandmother, Anna, died two years before of a cancer in her brain. Precluding this, Grandfather became very melancholy, and also, he says, blind. His most recent employment was Heritage Tours, a business he started in 1950s, mostly for aiding rich Jewish people to search for their dead families. It is a strange employment for Grandfather, as there is nothing he hates more than rich Jewish people *or* their dead families.See more »
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Dikiy MuzhchinaSee more »


Who is the dedication to at the end of the movie? Alex 1993
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A fresh and funny look on one of history's nightmare, 30 November 2005
Author: MrChi from United Kingdom

Everything Is Illuminated A young Jewish American searches for the woman that helped his grandfather escape Nazi persecution while embarking on a cross-European tour with some unlikely associates.

Liev Schreiber makes his directorial debut with a playful angst usually associated with his acting ethos. When successful actors decide to sit in the director's chair, we usually get a biographical glimpse at the souls beneath the acting mask- Check. We usually get a mishmash of genres- Check. But what we normally do not get is an insightful original film which is credible, intelligent and moving.

Elijah Wood plays Jonathan, an inquisitive young boy who collects pieces of life as he goes. He is on a mission to find a woman in a photograph. The sepia picture bears his grandfather (an uncanny resemblance to him) and the woman. To aid his journey he enlists the help of travel guides that comprise of a Hip-Hop loving break-dancer, Alex (Eugene Hutz), his apathetic and perma-vexed grandfather (Boris Leskin) and his dog- Sammy Davis Junior Jr! What ensues is essentially a comedy. There is an un-patronisingly simple introduction with voice-overs. Alex's is especially funny as he educates his younger brother on the year 1969, proving how popular he is with the chicks and break-dancing thus setting him up as Jonathan's antithesis.

Schreiber begins to break down the characters as they progress and the comedy acts as an intentional veil to what is a story about three people linked to the holocaust who do not really know themselves. All three hold the film with tenderness and authenticity something Schreiber was unlikely to get wrong and as enchanting and fantastical as the film is, the horrors that are allowed to crack through, i.e. the past are presented in an almost palatable tone (incidental music, cinematography) which make them all the more unsettling.

As the unlikely group finally find the town they seek they learn of the true atrocities that occurred and find out a lot about who they really are.

Elijah wood is as authentic as usual, bringing his usual innocence and strength to the screen. Formally a resident good in Lord of the Rings and a resident evil in Sin City he plays Jonathan with aplomb as he is bombarded with culture shocks and a quest for truth. Boris Leskin as the grandfather also delivers his angst and frustration at the youths with great humour and conviction as his own past is unravelled. However, it is Eugene Hutz as Alex that makes the show. The director using that old trade of translation misunderstandings to create and maintain a humour that is actually funny and not gimmicky.

Schreiber has delivered an enchanting debut that has both heart and soul. The continuous score and beautiful photography creates a fairy tale haze around a story about identity, truth and family. If there was a complaint, it would be the speed at which the film changes direction; though this could have been intentional it may not sit well with all. Nevertheless this is a sterling effort that delivers great comedy and bonding between an unlikely group while dissecting another aspect of the horrors of World War 2 in a completely fresh fashion.


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