portrait | literature | history | women
D 2009 | 93 min
Swetlana Geier
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Swetlana Geier is considered the greatest translator of Russian literature into German. She has just concluded her lifework for Zurich’s Ammann publishing house - completing new translations Dostoyevsky’s five great novels - known as the five elephants. Her work is characterised by a great and sensual feeling for language and an uncompromising respect for the writers she translates. Her life has been overshadowed by Europe’s varied history.

Together with the film director, the eighty-five-year old woman is making her first trip from her chosen home in Germany back to the places of her childhood in the Ukraine.
The film interweaves the story of Swetlana Geier’s life with her literary work and traces the secret of this inexhaustibly hard-working woman. It tells of great suffering, silent helpers and unhoped-for chances – and a love of language that outshines all else.

Distribution Switzerland
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Original titleDie Frau mit den 5 Elefanten
CameraNiels-Christian Bolbrinker
DirectorVadim Jendreyko
EditorGisela Castronari
ProducerThomas Tielsch | Hercli Bundi
ScreenplayVadim Jendreyko
Festivals: Visions du Réel, Nyon | International Film Festival Locarno | Viennale | Dok Leipzig | Duisburger Filmwoche | Filmfest Kassel | Silverdocs / Washington DC
Awards: Prix SSR Idée Suisse, Nyon | Prix Suisseimage, Nyon | Nominiert zum Europäischen Filmpreis - Prix ARTE | Grand Jury Award / Sterling World Feature Competition
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