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Divan is the quest for a turn of the century Hungarian couch upon which Hassidic rabbis slept.

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Pearl Gluck ...
Herself - Narrator
Amichai Lau Lavie ...
Himself
Basya Schechter ...
Herself
Giti Koenig ...
Herself
Isaac Stein ...
Himself
Jeanette Friedman ...
Herself
Louis Farkowitz ...
Himself
Mark Joseph Altman ...
Himself
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Herself
Pessy Sloan ...
Herself
Bruriah Sloan ...
Herself
Rosalie Osian ...
Herself
Sarah Cecilie Finkelstein ...
Herself
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub ...
Himself
Malke Feldman ...
Herself - My Great Aunt
Jeff Taylor ...
Himself - Exporter in Hungary
Judy Gluck ...
Herself - My Mother
Leo Cianci ...
Himself - Her Dance Partner
Meshulm Rottenberg ...
Himself - Kossonye Grandchild (as Meshulem Rottenberg)
Nedivah Rottenberg ...
Herself - His Wife (as Nediva Rottenberg)
Jolán Kuruc ...
Herself - Grandfather's First Cousin
Éva Fehérvári ...
Herself - Her Family
János Fehérvári ...
Himself - Her Family
András Fehérvári ...
Himself - Her Family
Katalin Kurucz ...
Herself - Her Family
Péter Hagen ...
Himself - Her Family (as Péter Hágen)
György Fröhlich ...
Himself - Budapest Baker
Vera Fröhlich ...
Herself - His Wife
Robert Frohlich ...
Himself - His Son, the Rabbi (as Rabbi Róbert Fröhlich)
Katalin Sommer ...
Herself - Budapest Wigmaker
Dezsõ Kõvári ...
Himself - Budapest Kosher Butcher (as Deszõ Kõvári)
Leon Breuer ...
Himself - Upholsterer
Baruch Rose ...
Himself - Grandfather's First Cousin
Steve Fallon ...
Himself - Lonely Planet Writer
Zev Goldinger ...
Himself - 'Billy Básci'
Nora Wildgen ...
Herself - Miracle Story, Mother
Leo Wildgen-White ...
Himself - Miracle Story: Child
Miriam Rosenwasser ...
Herself - The Kings Hotel Proprietor
Éva Singer ...
Herself - Meet-A-Mate Lady
Sherry Singer ...
Herself - Meet-A-Mate Lady
Péter Reinhardt ...
Himself - Ecseri Flea Market Vendor

Directed by

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Pearl Gluck

Written by

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Pearl Gluck ... (writer)
 
Susan Korda ... ()

Produced by

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Pearl Gluck ... producer
Sarah Goodman ... associate producer
Isaac Stein ... associate producer
András Surányi ... associate producer: Hungary

Music by

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Frank London

Cinematography by

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William Tyler Smith

Film Editing by

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Zelda Greenstein

Editorial Department

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Jennie Allen ... assistant editor
Pete Beaudreau ... additional editor
Hanley Braginsky ... post-production assistant
Steve Fischer ... on-line editor
Amanda P. Fowler ... post-production assistant
Adrienne Haspel ... assistant editor
Vivian Kamen ... post-production assistant

Sound Department

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Tom Hambleton ... re-recording mixer / sound designer / sound editor
Jerry Horwath ... assistant dialogue editor
Michael Schafer ... assistant dialogue editor
László Szakács ... additional production sound
Tamás Zányi ... production sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Miklós Buk ... second camera operator (as Miklos Buk)
Chris Edwards ... additional photographer (as Christopher Edwards)
Pearl Gluck ... director of photography: additional photography
Leon Grodski ... director of photography: additional photography
John Kirby ... additional photographer

Other crew

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Krisztina Biber ... translator
András Fehérvári ... translator
Eric Goldhagen ... technology supporter
Adrienne Haspel ... translator
Terry L. James ... digital film transfer
Brian P. Olson ... title designer: subtitles
Brendan Perreault ... technology supporter
Ed Raeker ... title designer
Robert L. Seigel ... production counsel (as Robert L. Siegel Esq.)
Dan Sieradski ... technology supporter (as Daniel Sieradski)
William Tyler Smith ... creative consultant
Péter Solymosi ... translator

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Plot Summary

Divan follows the filmmaker's effort to retrieve a turn-of-the-century family heir loom - a couch. The filmmaker journeys from her birthplace, Brooklyn's Hasidic community, to its origins in Hungary and back. The couch - considered holy because certain Hasidic rabbis had slept on it - survived WWII and is in the filmmaker's great grandfather's house in Rohod, a northeast Hungarian town. In the tradition of storytelling, the filmmaker creates a visual parable about the Hasidic community that she left as a teenager. She trails the couch through a quirky landscape populated by Hasidim in Brooklyn, Holocaust survivors and ex-communists in Hungary, and, finally, the next generation of formerly-Hasidic Jews on the margins of their communities in New York and Israel. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines Everyone has a couch. Not everyone has a couch with a story like this. See more »
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Also Known As
  • A divány (Hungary)
  • Диван (Russia)
Runtime
  • 90 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $3,560, 21 Mar 2004

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