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Austeria (1982)

During a pogrom in Poland on the eve of World War I, a group of Jews seek refuge from the Cossacks. The fugitives hide out in a rural inn, terrified that they may be given away at any moment.

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Jerzy Kawalerowicz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franciszek Pieczka ... Tag
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Josele
Jan Szurmiej ... Kantor
Ewa Domanska Ewa Domanska ... Asia
Wojciech Standello Wojciech Standello ... Tzaddik
Liliana Komorowska ... Jewdocha (as Liliana Glabczynska)
Szymon Szurmiej ... Wilf
Golda Tencer ... Blanka
Marek Wilk Marek Wilk ... Bum Kramer
Zofia Bajuk Zofia Bajuk ... Mina
Izabela Wieczorek Izabela Wieczorek ... Lolka
Seweryn Dalecki Seweryn Dalecki ... Kramer
Miroslawa Lombardo Miroslawa Lombardo ... Kramer's Wife
Stanislaw Igar ... Apfelgrun
Zofia Saretok ... Baroness
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Storyline

Set in the Polish Galicia in 1914, on the eve of World War I. Three nationalities are living in the area: Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish. The country inn (Austeria in Galician) is run by an old and wise Jew, Tag. The neighboring village is abandoned by the Jews, who left only few steps ahead of advancing Cossacks. Soon the inn is full of desperate Jews, there is also an Austrian baroness on the run and an Hungarian hussar cut off from his unit. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | Hebrew | German

Release Date:

28 March 1983 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Inn See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland

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Production Co:

Zespól Filmowy "Kadr" See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was written right after the 1966 publication of the novel by Julian Stryjkowski but eventually shelved because of the anti-Israeli atmosphere in Poland at that time. The film could have been made only after the Solidarity revolution of 1980. See more »

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Featured in Avant la bataille (1983) See more »

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Lovely, elegiac
13 July 2010 | by keithshakunSee all my reviews

How differently different people can observe and embody a film. An earlier review finds this film distasteful and full of anti-semitism, yet I had the opposite reaction. I felt I was observing an Issac Beshevis Singer short story of the old world on the other side of those destructive wars of the 20th Century. I found the lives of these Jewish people on the cusp of WWI sympathetic, real and alive. The fact that human passions, lust or longing fill their minds and hearts, at times, seems all too human. Yet, especially the inn keeper and the young man, they are also caring and sensitive souls who love and express this in various forms. The Hassidic are both profoundly spiritual and a bit absurd (to our secular eyes) dancing, singing and rejoicing even as the war comes closer to destroying the world they knew, which, as we know, was true. I found this vignette a touching, sensitive, wise portrayal of a moment in time that no longer exists, on the cusp of the end of an era. Rather than being anti-Jewish in any way, I found it an earthy and touching expression of that eastern European world that perished in time.


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