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The Two Lives Of Eva

Documentary, 1h20, 2005

Director: Esther Hoffenberg


Eva, my mother, a Polish woman of German-Protestant culture, was brought up in the high industrialist bourgeoisie of Sosnowiec. She left Poland when the Soviets arrived in 1945. It was in post-war Germany that she met Sam, a survivor from the Warsaw ghetto. She left with him for Paris. In marrying Sam, Eva also married his story and identity and said good-bye to her own. As a couple, my parents grew increasingly happy until 1970, when Eva had her first fit of delirium. In 1978, she lived through a second attack and began to tell me about the young girl she was before she met my father. She revealed her tortured conscience regarding her German identity during the war.

Awards and festivals:

Patrimony Award at "Cinema du Réel", Paris 2005 - The "Escales Documentaires" Prize at La Rochelle  - Jerusalem Festival 2005 - Viennale - Leipzig - Tbilisi - New York Jewish Film Festival 2006 - Buenos Aires International Film Festival.


Arte - TV5 - Lapsus - CNC (COSIP) - Procirep/Angoa - Ministère des affaires étrangères / TV5 - Fondation pour la mémoire de la Shoah - MEDIA Aide au développement.

World sales: Etats-Unis first run.

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