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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... See more »

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Alex
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Jonathan Safran Foer
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Leaf Blower
Jana Hrabetova ...
Jonathan's Grandmother
Stephen Samudovsky ...
Jonathan's Grandfather Safran
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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.
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Grandfather (as Boris Leskin)
Robert Chytil ...
Breakdancer
Jaroslava Sochova ...
Woman on Train
Sergei Ryabtsev ...
Ukrainian Band Member (as Sergej Rjabcev)
Yuri Lemeshev ...
Ukrainian Band Member (as Jurij Lemeshev)
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Ukrainian Band Member
Oleksandr Houtz ...
Ukrainian Band Member
Ludmila Kartouska ...
Hotel Waitress
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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 Filipenský ...
Well Digger (as Jan Pavel Filipensky)
Bert Schneider ...
Nazi Officer
Tereza Veselkova ...
Augustine
Laryssa Lauret ...
Lista
Lukas Kral ...
Young Grandfather, Baruch
Vera Sindelarova ...
Young Lista

Directed by

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Liev Schreiber

Written by

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Jonathan Safran Foer ... (novel)
 
Liev Schreiber ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Kelley Cribben ... associate producer
Tom Karnowski ... co-producer
David Minkowski ... co-producer
Peter Saraf ... producer
Matthew Stillman ... executive producer
Marc Turtletaub ... producer

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Paul Cantelon

Cinematography by

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Matthew Libatique

Film Editing by

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Andrew Marcus
Craig McKay

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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)
Gerard Ward ... telecine colorist: dailies

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Avy Kaufman

Production Design by

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Mark Geraghty

Art Direction by

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Martin Vackár

Set Decoration by

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Johnny Byrne

Costume Design by

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Michael Clancy

Makeup Department

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Georgina Abanto ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Tomás Kuchta ... special makeup
Veronika Riehs ... makeup assistant
Lucie Vybiralova ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Kelley Cribben ... post-production supervisor
Tom Karnowski ... unit production manager
Ravi D. Mehta ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Kasia Adamik ... storyboard artist
Elizabeth Colomba ... storyboard artist
Frantisek Copf ... assistant model maker
Jiri Fleischer ... property master
Karel Jinda ... standby
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
David Vondrasek ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Dave Bihldorff ... sound re-recordist
Rick Chefalas ... first assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
André Dias ... dubbing editor / 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 / supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher ... supervising foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Deborah Wallach ... adr supervisor

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Jirí Vojtech ... special effects crew

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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 / 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

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Andrea Kinsky ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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J. John Corbett ... animator: titles

Casting Department

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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

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Gabriela Horská ... assistant costume designer
Patricie Soptenková ... personal costumer: Elijah Wood / set costumer

Location Management

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Petr Skvor ... location manager

Music Department

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Nancy Allen ... music editor
Robert Burger ... musician
John Carbonara ... assistant music editor
Brian Cassier ... musician: bass
Gary Chester ... music engineer / 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

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Jiri Fleischer ... picture cars coordinator
Silvie Janculová ... unit transportation coordinator
Lada Vacik ... driver: camera truck
Pavel Voracek ... unit transportation coordinator

Other crew

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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
A.M. Lukas ... assistant to producers (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

Jewish-American writer Jonathan Safran Foer is a collector of his family's memorabilia, although most of the items, some which he takes without asking, would not be considered keepsakes by the average person. He places most of those items in individual Ziploc bags, and hangs them on his keepsake wall under the photograph of the person to who it is most associated. He has this compulsion in an effort to remember. He is able to tie a photograph that he receives from his grandmother, Sabine Foer, on her deathbed - it of his grandfather, Safran Foer, during the war in the Ukraine, and a young woman he will learn is named Augustine - back to a pendant he stole from his grandfather on his deathbed in 1989, the pendant of a glass encased grasshopper. Learning that Augustine somehow saved his grandfather's life leads to Jonathan going on a quest to find out the story at its source where the photograph was taken, in a now non-existent and probably largely forgotten town called Trachimbrod that was razed by the Nazis during the war, he armed only with his limited knowledge, the pendant, his grandfather's Star of David necklace, the photograph, tip "money", and an old and largely outdated map. Prior to arriving in the Ukraine, Jonathan prearranges the guide services of Odessa-based Heritage Tours, which specializes in helping Jewish expats discover their past. The company is owned and operated by three generations of the Alexander Perchov family, who generally think Jewish people are stupid for wanting to revisit their past, and spend large sums of money for their services in doing so. The three from Heritage assigned to Jonathan's file are: the company founder Alexander I ("Grandpa"), the retired, non-blind blind man who will be the driver; his "seeing eye" dog, Sammy Davis Jr. Jr., a deranged bitch of a dog; and Alexander III ("Alex"), a western pop cultural loving young man, whose broken English will need to suffice for translation. Jonathan will learn that his guides are a loving but dysfunctional lot who have little interest in helping him beyond taking his money. But during their time together, this quest will affect Jonathan, Grandpa and Alex in different ways, all tied to the value of remembering. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • The Collector (United States)
  • Tout est illuminé (France)
  • Alles ist erleuchtet (Germany)
  • Todo está iluminado (Spain)
  • Svetlost iz prošlosti (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $66,806, 18 Sep 2005

Did You Know?

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Trivia Eugene Hutz's band Gogol Bordello appears as the polka band that greets Elijah Wood at the train station. See more »
Goofs When the Grandfather repeatedly sounds the horn of the car, he presses the middle of the steering wheel to do so. In the Trabant, the horn is activated by pushing the signal light lever forward. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Operation Filmmaker (2007). See more »
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Crazy Credits Several songs are credited to the New York punk/Gypsy/Jewish klezmer band, Gogol Bordello, which is led by Eugene Hutz, who plays Alex in the film (the same band greets Jonathan when he arrives on the train). The last of these songs, "Start Wearing Purple (For Me Now)," which plays over the end credits, is credited to both a correct spelling (Gogol Bordello), dg and Gogol Bodello, an incorrect spelling. See more »
Quotes Alex: My grandfather informs me that is not possible.
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