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JEW-BOY LEVI (VIEHJUD LEVI)

JEW-BOY LEVI

1935, a valley in the Black Forest. The cattle dealer Levi comes, like every year, into the valley to conduct his business. Levi has decided to win the hand and heart of Lisbeth Horger, the daughter of farmer Horger. But Levi finds that the valley has changed. The Reichsbahn has sent the engineer Fabian Kohler and a group of railway workers from the capital to repair the damage to a railway tunnel.They also bring a new spirit into the closed world of the Black Forest valley. A time for decisions has come for Lisbeth: she must decide between her boyfriend Paul Braxmeier and Levi. But the new age is also beginning almost imperceptibly for the other inhabitants of the valley: farmer Horger won't buy any more cattle from the Jew Levi; swastika flags are on the stammtisch in the inn; the tyres of Levi's van are slit open. A familiar world is becoming hostile and alien. No-one stands up for Levi. Except for Lisbeth. But the time is against their love.


Didi Danquart was born in Singen in 1955 and was a co-founder of the Freiburg Media Workshop. He instructed Video and Documentary Filmmaking at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin from 1983-1988 and received the German Film Critics\' Documentary Prize in 1983 and 1991. A selection of his films includes: Passt bloss auf (1981), Die lange Hoffnung (1983), Exilio - Das Fluechtlings-lager Colomancagua (1985), Projekt Arthur - Die Gewaltfrage 1968 (1987), Der Pannwitzblick (1991), Lemberg - Geoeffnete Stadt (1993), Wundbrand - 17 Tage im August in Sarajevo (1994), Bohai Bohau (1995), Jew-Boy Levi (Viehjud Levi, 1998), and Offset (2006).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Didi Danquart
Screenplay Martina Doecker, Didi Danquart
Cinematography Johann Feindt
Katja Dringenberg
Cast Caroline Ebner, Bruno Cathomas, Bernd Michael Lade, Eva Mattes, Ulrich Noethen, Martina Gedeck, Georg Olschewski
Producer Martin Hagemann
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Zurich, Lotus-Film, in cooperation with SRF/Zurich, ARTE, SWR
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 1999, Montreal 1999, Ghent 1999, Pusan 1999, London 1999, Jerusalem 1999
Awards Caligari Award Berlin 1999
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Eurimages, Filminstitut Oesterreich (Wien), Bundesamt fuer Kultur (Zuerich)
German Distributor Arsenal/Hamburg

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