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From Hell to Hell (Von Hoelle zu Hoelle)

From Hell to Hell

In the turmoil of the Second World War, a Jewish mother is about to be deported to a concentration camp and is forced to give her daughter to a childless Polish neighbour to save her from death. Unexpectedly, the mother survives the camp and returns to her home town. When she tries to get her child back, the other woman refuses to give her the girl. An embittered battle ensues between the natural and foster mothers for the seven year-old girl, and this leads to a terrible massacre where 42 people lose their lives ... The film is based on true events which took place on 4 July 1946 in Kielce, Poland.


Dmitri Astrachan was born in 1957 in Leningrad, today St. Petersburg. He graduated from the Leningrad State Institute for Theater, Music and Cinema, having majored in Playwriting. From 1982-1987, he was artistic director of the Sverdlovsk Youth Theater. In 1987, he became head of the famous Bolshoi Theater. Four years later he was invited to lead the St. Petersburg Academic Comedy. In 1995, he left the theater to concentrate on film production. His award-winning films include: Get Thee Out! (Isidi, 1991), You Are the Only One (Du bist fuer mich die einzige, 1993), Everything Will Be All Right (Alles wird besser, 1993), From Hell to Hell (Von Hoelle zu Hoelle, 1996), Anatomie eines Amoklaeufers (1998), Kasachstan Lady (2000), and The Devil Who Called Himself God (Der Teufel der sich Gott nannte, 2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Dmitri Astrachan
Screenplay Oleg Danilov, Art Bernd
Cinematography Yuri Vorontsov
Wjeta Koljadenko
Aleksandr Pantykin
Cast Anja Kling, Alla Shaser, Gennadi Suit
Producer Artur Brauner
Production Company CCC-Filmkunst, in co-production with Belarus Film Studios/Minsk
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Russian
Subtitled Version English

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