Synopsis: A drama focusing on the age-old conflict between faith, family and love in which every is hard. The lyric unfolds in Sub-Carpathian Ukraine in the 1930s. An enclave of Jews living there rigorously adheres to their ancient customs, religious rituals and tradition. Among them lives a young woman, Hanele. For love, however, she manages to break away from the faith of her ancestors and to even break with her family. But her decision also brings about a split with the entire community which then makes her feel the horror of damnation.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Karel Kachyna
  3 nominations.
92 min


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My grandfather Abram afar was the

richest man in the whole region.

The great Abram afar from Polana.

People said that he would one day

give his three granddaughters

a wedding to remember.

The grandest that ever was.

"Their children's children are the

crown of the elders",

Pinches Jakubovi, the Polana tailor,

would tell us.

He sewed little, but read much in the

learned books of the Cabbala.

Few could equal him in

matters of faith.

Grandfather owned half the land

and fertile herds in Polana.

We had a large house, a shop

and a tavern full of customers.

The silver menorahs inherited from

our ancestors added to the

splendor of our Sabbaths,

full of pious song, light and trust.

The years ran by like stags in the

meadows and our property melted away.

It slipped between our fingers and

no-one knows how it all began.

Perhaps circumstances and large taxes

were to blame for everything.

Grandfather himself was probably

to blame in some respect.

Here Fux and his son Salamon had the

worst of it on their conscience.

They were millstones around our necks,

they were like leeches.

We'll see who has more witnesses

in court this time.

Here Fux deceived grandfather.

He coaxed a large loan out of him, saying

that he'd buy an area of woodland.

But he bought a shop instead

with a tavern and lured away grandpas

clientele. He denied the loan.

There is no greater hatred in the world

than that between Jews.

The hatred between grandpa and Fux cost

grandpa a horrendous sum of money.

It dragged on for years, even beyond

the grave.

I'm going to Mukachevo.

I'll get the best lawyer.

I'll go alone. You don't have

a lucky hand.

Praise be to the Lord

our God, King of the World.

You who created the fruit of the vine!

Grandfather lost the case against Fux

again. And the next one.

He had to sell off his land.

Etelka received a dowry of 200,000,

and Blinka got enough at least

to marry a Mukachevo furrier.

There was nothing left for me.

Four people like the living dead:

Poor, blind, leprous and childless.

Customs inspection! Open up!

Well, well, what's your name, Jew?

- Well?

- Josef afar.

- So, where's your tobacco?

- What tobacco?

- Please, no! There's nothing here!

- Here, lieutenant!

The poor wretch didn't have time

to hide it in a safe place.

You're coming with us. Come out of there!

Esteemed sir, please accept

hospitality at our table.

- Let's go, Jew. Move it!

- At least some wine to refresh you.

- We're going to the command. Move it!

- No!

You cannot refuse a little refreshment.

Turn the key twice.

And bolt the door.

You could do well out of this, sir.

And I could also do well out of it.

- How much?

- Ten thousand.

- When?

- Now.

- That's not enough.

- Fifteen, then.

- Not enough, Jew.

- I haven't got any more here.

Three, four, five, six, seven, eight,

nine, ten. Fifteen thousand!

- There's nothing to do here. Boring!

- Do you play cards, sir?


Would you like a glass

of something stronger, sir?


- For country! - For king!

- To the king!

Do a miracle, Lord, I beg You!

Our Father, have mercy on us.

What a beauty!

Such a beauty!

A beautiful girl in this house!

A wondrous beauty!

- Who are you hiding from us, Jew?

- You jest, sir.

- No! I saw her!

- Where? Who?

- There!

- There's no-one there, sir.

- Yes there is! - Believe me, sir!

- You're lying.

I must see her. I'll kiss her hand and

then we can have a little dance.

- Bring her here!

- There's no-one in there. - In there!

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